Quotes of the Week: "There should be no place for terrorists to hide"

Some of the best quotes from the tech industry this week

“It is completely unacceptable. There should be no place for terrorists to hide. We need to make sure that organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.”

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd brings up the issue of encryption again in the wake of the Westminster attack


“I think many of us are lost on how the Home Secretary proposes to only implement a back-door into encryption technology that will only work if you are a terrorist.”

Pirate Party UK Acting Leader, David A Elston, in response to Amber Rudd’s demands for backdoor access to encrypted messaging services


“In terms of artificial intelligence taking over American jobs, I think we’re so far away from that, it’s not even on my radar screen. I think it’s 50 to 100 more years.”

US Treasury Secretary [and Executive Producer of numerous films including Suicide Squad) Steve Mnuchin isn’t concerned about automation taking jobs


“I think Depp is as good as Javier Bardem, John Turturro, Mickey Rourke or Morgan Freeman [to play myself in a film]. I am not joking about the latter. I pray for a time when the skin tone is not a factor in character choice. From what I know of Freeman, his character closest matches mine.”

John McAfee has some interesting ideas for who should play him in the upcoming biopic, ‘The King of The Jungle’


“From censorship to SMEs going out of business, the human, economic and technical costs of internet shutdowns are just too high. Before they take action, we are calling policymakers to think twice: Internet shutdowns and content filtering are not the answer.”

Nicolas Seidler, Senior Policy advisor at the Internet Society, in a statement accompanying the society’s new report into internet shutdowns


“Cobol is this code word for throwing disdain toward the mainframe platform.”

Compuware CEO Chris O’Malley gets upset when people throw shade at Cobol


“When I pay $189,000 for a tractor, I expect to have a piece of equipment that is functioning. The tractor without the software will not function. It will not start. It will not drive. It will not do anything.”

A Canadian farmer explaining why he hacked his tractor instead of using a licensed dealer


“This is unproven technology. If the FBI is using a system and they don’t understand the technical characteristics of that system, it’s reckless, it’s engineering negligence.”

Computer scientist Jonathan Frankle on the FBI’s use of facial recognition technology