February 24, 2016 11:51 AM EST

Apple’s steadfast refusal to help the FBI access a phone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters has left many scratching their heads. Why would the country’s biggest company deny assistance to the government in a terrorism case—especially when the feds have a warrant to search the device?

In his column Wednesday, New York Times technology writer Farhood Manjoo packs one of the best explanations I’ve read yet into two paragraphs. Manjoo writes, accurately, that the outcome of the showdown will have far-ranging repercussions for our increasingly digital future:

Read the rest of Manjoo’s column at The New York Times.

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