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The White House is taking major steps in the right direction when it comes to addressing terrorism and the role of technology in radicalization. Given the slew of events both major and minor terrorist-related that have occurred recently, including most notably the Paris terrorist attacks and particularly domestically the San Bernardino shootings, it is relieving to see that action is being taken to address the increasing issue of technology and privacy with regard to national security and terrorism. The adjacent case between Apple and Law Enforcement in the San Bernardino investigation is just the latest chapter in this highly relevant topic, and the White House has planned a meeting Wednesday as a follow-up to a meeting held last month in California which dealt with topics of user privacy, terrorist social media use, and other related topics, and this gathering similarly is meant to rally tech companies and reduce tensions caused by the current Apple-feud. As this topic is dissected within the walls of the Justice Department and technology heads, I think it is important for each of us to evaluate what we would hope to be the outcome of these meetings, especially in regard to privacy rights and freedom of speech. On a global scale it is important to discuss now what lines need to be maintained in the balance between security and freedom of speech and privacy, as once decisions are made and precedence set it will be difficult to go back on these issues, and I think we are beginning to see that scenario play out right now in France with their continued state of emergency.

Article from the New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/25/technology/tech-and-media-firms-called-to-white-house-for-terrorism-meeting.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

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