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Kieran Healy · Kieran Healy ·

Kieran Healy, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University, commenting on the discourse around the ongoing legal case involving the FBI and Apple.

As a sidelight to this debate, I want to ask why is it that Apple, of all companies, is the one taking such a strong stand on this issue? It’s clear that Apple wants to resist the court order because of the precedent it would set–essentially requiring firms to break the security on their own products when investigators demand it. But that doesn’t answer my question. Why is Apple, specifically, fighting so hard on this?