“The FBI and its supporters can be weirdly dismissive of [the encryption] issue, in ways that indicate they don’t fully understand how technology works—or are pretending not to,” explained Jon Oliver on Last Week Tonight. And so begins his wonderful take on the state of encryption.

This 20-minute segment sees Oliver taking on the entire topic of encryption, with an obvious focus on the current San Bernardino case. He treads his typical line of irreverence and insight, neatly summarizing the whole debate along the way.


Perhaps predictably for Oliver, who’s openly supported digital privacy in the past, he sides with Apple. But he provides an informed and balanced take on the subject, admitting that “there’s no easy side to be on in this debate.” It’s well worth watching.

[Last Week Tonight]

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