So now Indonesia and Lebanon is now considering a ban of BlackBerry devices. The list is getting longer each day, but RIM does not see to alarmed. RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis in an interview with the Wall Street Journal made a rather bold statement:
“This is about the Internet,” Mr. Lazaridis said. “Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can’t deal with the Internet, they should shut it off.”
I have to respect a CEO that makes bold clear statements like this. Although not 100% true I agree with the comment. Should you ban Google for supporting https (SSL/TLS) ie encryption on GMail and Google.com search? He seems confident the situation could get resolved, but talking down to people is not exactly a good way to work towards a resolution. His next statement was just… well you read it.
“We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet,” he said. “A lot of these people don’t have Ph.Ds, and they don’t have a degree in computer science.”
Maybe I am reading into this wrong, but it sounds condescending, then again he dropped out of college to start RIM.