FAN (First Amendment News, Special Series #4) Apple Hires Encryption Specialists to Beef Up Security

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Encryption industry legend Jon Callas is reportedly one of many security specialists that Apple will be employing, and it would appear that Apple is taking a proactive approach to scaling up their security in response to its clash with the FBI earlier this year. (ITPRO)

According to a story in ITPRO, “Apple has hired encryption industry legend Jon Callas in a bid to strengthen security in the wake of its privacy battle with the FBI.Callas is perhaps best known for co-founding PGP – or ‘Pretty Good Privacy’ – and has been an expert on security and encryption for decades.In addition to developing the OpenPGP standard, he also established Silent Circle and Blackphone, makers of secure communication tools and hardware.This is in fact the third time that Callas has been employed by Apple. He first joined the company in 1995, working on encryption. He also worked on OSX’s security from 2009 to 2011.Callas is reportedly one of many security specialists that Apple will be employing, and it would appear that Apple is taking a proactive approach to scaling up their security in response to its clash with the FBI earlier this year.” I wonder what kind of VPN he uses? If you’re interested in keeping your internet privacy, check out vpn reviews.

(News story by Jane McCallion, Joe Curtis, Rene Millman, Aaron Lee, Adam Shepherd, Caroline Preece, & Clare Hopping)

? See also Apple rehires the man who build Blackphone to help create unhackable iPhone, TechWorm, May 26, 2016

Interest in Proposed Legislation Diminishes

“Draft legislation that Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Intelligence Committee, had circulated weeks ago likely will not be introduced this year and, even if it were, would stand no chance of advancing . . . sources said.” — Apple vs FBI: Support for encryption fizzles out, Reuters, May 27, 2016

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? If you have yet to register for the Newseum Institute’s June 15th event concerning the Apple-FBI encryption controversy, there is still time to do so. Information concerning the upcoming event is set out below:

Date: June 15th, 2016

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Newseum: 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Register here (free but limited seating):

http://www.newseum.org/events-programs/rsvp1/

The event will be webcast live on the Newseum Institute’s site.

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“PEAR” v. THE UNITED STATES

The issues involved in the Apple cell phone controversy will be argued in front of a mock U.S. Supreme Court held at the Newseum as “Pear v. the United States.”

Experts in First Amendment law, cyber security, civil liberties and national security issues will make up the eight-member High Court, and legal teams will represent “Pear” and the government. The oral argument, supported by written briefs, will focus on those issues likely to reach the actual high court, from the power of the government to “compel speech” to the privacy expectations of millions of mobile phone users.

The Justices hearing the case at the Newseum:

  • As Chief Justice: Floyd Abrams, renowned First Amendment lawyer and author; and Visiting Lecturer at the Yale Law School.
  • Harvey Rishikof, most recently dean of faculty at the National War College at the National Defense University and chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security
  • Nadine Strossen, former president of the American Civil Liberties Union; the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School
  • Linda Greenhouse, the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School; long-time U.S. Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times
  • Lee Levine, renowned media lawyer; adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center
  • Stewart Baker,national security law and policy expert and former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Stephen Vladeck, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law; nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism
  • The Hon. Robert S. Lasnik, senior judge for the Western District of Washington at the U.S. District Court

Lawyers arguing the case:

  • For Pear: Robert Corn-Revere has extensive experience in First Amendment law and communications, media and information technology law.
    • Co-counsel is Nan Mooney, writer and former law clerk to Chief Judge James Baker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
  • For the U.S. government: Joseph DeMarco, who served from 1997 to 2007 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, specializes in issues involving information privacy and security, theft of intellectual property, computer intrusions, on-line fraud and the lawful use of new technology.
    • Co-counsel is Jeffrey Barnum, a lawyer and legal scholar specializing in criminal law and First Amendment law who argued United States v. Alaa Mohammad Ali before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces while in law school.

Each side will have 35 minutes to argue its position before the Court and an additional five minutes for follow-up comments. Following the session, there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions of the lawyers and court members.

? The program is organized on behalf of the Newseum Institute by the University of Washington Law School’s Harold S. Shefelman Scholar Ronald Collins and by Nan Mooney.

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