Apple Refuses to Hack a Backdoor on the iPhone

The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.

This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.

The company behind the iPhone refuses to hack backdoors for the iPhone in this appeal to the costumers. Their costumers need the security. The problem is not just the security of americans – but for everyone on the planet using software.

While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.

Read the appeal here.

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization (TED)

“David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.” (Source TED)

Data visualization is a huge topic on TED. Here is a collection: TED Visualizations.