March 21, 2016
Ross Schulman was quoted in US News & World Report about the Apple-FBI encryption fight:
Along with Apple and Google, Facebook and Yahoo also have expanded their use of encryption in recent years, partly in response to details of broad spying conducted by the National Security Agency that were leaked to the press beginning in 2013.
Those leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden pressured companies to reassure customers of their privacy, but the cybersecurity benefits of encryption additionally have motivated the growing use of such software by businesses, says Ross Schulman, senior policy counsel at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.
"What was game-changing about the NSA leaks was how they also made that extra security a commercial necessity, especially for international users now much less trusting in the U.S. or its companies," Schulman says.