D.C.'s March for our Lives: "The voters are coming"
D.C.'s March for our Lives event is expected to see more than half a million participants.
Why it matters: While D.C. is the primary march, there are hundreds of others around the world and across the country. Led by students, the march is "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address" gun issues, per the organization's mission statement.
Cameron Kasky, a Stoneman Douglas survivor, spoke at the march: "I look forward 10 years and see hope...the march is not the climax of this movement, it's the beginning."
- He said: "The voters are coming...Today is a bad day for tyranny and corruption."
- Protestors have been chanting: "Everyday shootings are everyday problems."
- Naomi Wadler, an 11-year-old from Alexandria, Va., also spoke at the march, "to acknowledge & represent the African-American girls whose stories don't make the front page."
What the protestors were saying:
- Coya, works in higher education: "It's important not only to support my students but to stand beside them...their safety is important to me. I trust them [my students] with my life more than the people in Congress."
- Sarah, also works with college students: "I have seen in the past few years, college students get a massive amount of anxiety and fear."
- Rachel, 15 years old: "We're here to support the protests...and hope that Congress will understand our problems."
Herbert, who was there with his 7-year-old grandson: "I'm marching for my children. They shouldn't be afraid of guns...we don't need them in our society."
The other side:
DOJ eyeing tool to allow access to encrypted data on smartphones
The Justice Department is in "a preliminary stage" of discussions about requiring tech companies building "tools into smartphones and other devices" that would allow law enforcement investigators to access encrypted data, the New York Times reports.
Why it matters: This has been on the FBI's mind since 2010, and last month the White House "circulated a memo...outlining ways to think about solving the problem," officials told the NYT. Both FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, support finding ways for law enforcement to access data without compromising devices security.
- SVP of Apple's software engineering, Craig Federighi, disagreed that a tool like this is appropriate, telling the NYT: "“Proposals that involve giving the keys to customers’ device data to anyone but the customer inject new and dangerous weaknesses into product security."
- But, but, but: Per NYT, one idea is "receiving particular attention inside the government." This would make smartphones "generate a special access key" when they encrypt their data. The manufacturer would be able to use that key — which would be "stored on the device itself" — to access the data, if required to do so by authorities.