“I anguish a lot over decisions we make to keep the country safe. I would caution against taking an absolutist perspective.”
“All of us value our privacy. Before smartphones were invented and to this day, if there’s probable cause to think you abducted a child or you are engaging in a terrorist plot or you are guilty of a serious crime, law enforcement can appear at your doorstep. I am of the view there are real reasons we should make sure government can’t willy-nilly get in everyone’s iPhone. The whole Snowden disclosure episode elevated people’s suspicions of this. So does popular culture, which makes it appear I’m in the [Situation Room],” monitoring private exchanges."
“The question we have to ask is if technologically it’s possible to make an impenetrable device or system where the encryption is so strong there’s no key, there’s no door at all, then how we do apprehend the child pornographer?. How do we disrupt a terrorist plot? What mechanisms do we have available to do even simple things like tax enforcement. There has to be some concessions to get into that information.”
“We’re the only advanced democracy in the world that makes it harder for people to vote. You’re laughing, but it’s sad.” Obama noted that it was “easier to order a pizza than vote. How do we redesign our systems so we don’t have 50% voter participation?”
“You may recall that I passed this law called the Affordable Care Act, and then the Web site didn’t work. This was embarrassing to me,” he said, adding that his 2008 campaign for the office focused on “cool technology and social media.”
“One of the things that the left and right agreed on is that after the financial crisis, nothing changed. The truth of the matter is a lot changed. The financial system is much more stable than it used to be. In an age where people’s attention spans have shrunk, it’s critical of all of you … how are we getting citizens engaged?”
“We need you I want to underscore the fact that in 10 months, I won’t have this office. It’s been the great privilege of my life. It’s not like I stop caring about the things I care about right now. I expect you to step up and get involve
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