#SXSW: President Obama Talks Apple, Privacy vs. Security And Technology’s Role In America

(AllHipHop News) At a time when the world is waiting for Apple and The U.S. government to settle their differences in the arena of the Supreme Court, President Obama took a flight down to Austin, Texas to speak at the SXSW music, art and technology festival.

With his approval ratings at a three year high, Obama spoke with Evan Smith, CEO/Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune primarily about the role of technology in our lives. He also spoke about ensuring that everyone has the internet and the need for business and the government to work together for our safety’s sake.

Obama talked about the role that technology has in our lives today and encouraged private companies to work with the government, for example suggesting that we could make voting easier with advancements in technology from private businesses.

Obama also broke down his plans and hopes for technology, and the impact that his administration has had on the development technology for all Americans to benefit.

When asked about minority participation on the internet and the “digital divide” that exists amongst minorities and whites,  Obama talked about the The Opportunity Project, funds the installation of wifi for low-income and rural areas and he also shed light on the Obama’s TechHire initiative that launched in 2015.

Starting with 21 communities and over 300 employers, the TechHire project provides Americans with accelerated, nontraditional technical training they need to obtain better jobs and achieve better futures.

Under Obama, the White House has  expanded 4G/LTE mobile access, increased Internet speeds and found ways to connect schools to the Internet.

For all those curious about Obama’s opinion on the Apple case, he remained tight lipped on the issue, but did say that offer some insight on the issue with his opening statement.

“Look, we are at a moment in history, where technology, globalization, our economy is changing so fast and this gathering SXSW brings together people who are at the cutting edge of those changes. Those changes offer us enormous opportunities, but also are very disruptive and unsettling. They empower individuals to do things that they could have never dreamed about before, but they also empower folks people who are very dangerous  to spread dangerous messages.”

“Part of my challenge as I’ve been president is to find ways in which our government can be a part of the positive change that is taking place and can help convene and catalyze folks in the private sector and non profit sector to be part of the civic community to help tackle some of those challenges.”

But when asked directly about the Apple case with the FBI, Obama had this to say about our privacy vs security.

“First off I can’t comment on the specific case – lets set that aside. All of us value our privacy and this is a society that is built on a constitution, and a Bill of Rights, and a healthy skepticism about over-reaching government power. Before smart phones were invented, and to this day, if there is probable cause to think that you have abducted a child or that you are engaging in a terrorist plot, or you are guilty of some serious crime, law enforcement can appear before at doorstep and say, ‘we have a warrant to search your home’ and they can go into your bedroom and into your bedroom doors and rifle through your underwear to see if there is any evidence of wrong-doing. And we agree on that, because we recognize that just like all of our other rights, there are going to be some constraints to make sure we are safe, secure and living in a civilized society.”

“Now technology is evolving so rapidly, that new questions are being asked. And I am of the view that there are very real reasons why we want to make sure that government can not just willy-nilly get into everybody’s iPhones or smart phones that are full of very personal information and very personal data. Let’s face it the whole Snowden’s disclosure episode elevated people’s suspicions of this.  So does popular culture by the way…”

For more, check it out below, we’ve started the video at Obama’s answer on the Apple vs. The FBI debate. 


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  • cza jones

    0 comments but when kim is naked yall are on it. when there is hood ish yall are on it.

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      you aint said nothin’ eitha

  • Anthony Mason

    Our next president will be white whether male or female. All the people who voted for Obama just because he is black, enjoy the last 8 months of him golfing on your tax money and eating hamburgers with Russian niggas…

    His affordable care act is a cancer that needs recinded. I know dudes who lost hundreds off their tax returns because they were unemployed and had no coverage…

    Also most of us probably have friends who work as contractors and can opt in or out of health coverage now but the coverage is not even worth what they pay…

    • Casor_Greener

      Tell those bums to get a job

      • Anthony Mason

        Contract employees are employees. You can opt in or out. Or you can purchase through the marketplace….

        3-6 months unemployed this year will probably cost $600-2000 next year come filing time depending on how many dependents somebody has.That was not a funny comment although hopefully you were joking….

        People are going to lose their whole tax returns next year and the economic impact will effect you unemployed or not bruh. A lot of people will be defaulting on home and auto loans first quarter 2017 and it is going to affect interest rates and spiral us into another predicament similar to 2008 if not worse. That is why student loan forgiveness is becoming a huge topic of discussion….

      • Casor_Greener

        Wont be the first time lots of people deafulted. Folks need to buy health insurance. Handouts are over with.

  • Wtfcity

    Fawk this clown. He hasnt done anything for black people except try to replace you with illegals.

    • Casor_Greener

      Those Black people need to learn to do for self

      • Wtfcity

        Most people do for self. He got into office by making promises that he forgot the minute the election was over. He is globalist scum. Right along with Bush, Clinton, and 95% of all the politicians in DC. Black rifles matter.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        again , dummy , the Truth is seen in millions of white people’s sites , showing them flipping off the government by SHOWING their culture of having sex with babys

      • Wtfcity

        Wtf are you talking about? Ignorant basement dot gov troll. Gtfoh with that jailhouse logic.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        asking your stupid questions trying to hide you cant think of nothing to say – he only did what the rest of the presidents of the last 50 years did , that’s let white people get away with showing their child porn felonys

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        name one thing your race contributed

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      like all presidents he done nothing about white people getting away with filming and posting themselves in MILLIONS of their child porn films