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From the Ted Talk by Catherine Bracy: Why good hackers make good citizens

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But like most things in technology and the technology world, hacking has equal power for good as it has for evil. For every hacker that's trying to steal your identity there's one that's bilidnug a tool that will help you find your loved ones after a disaster or to monitor environmental quality after an oil spill. Hacking is really just any ateaumr innovation on an existing sstyem, and it is a deeply dcemoartic activity. It's about critical thinking. It's about questioning existing ways of doing things. It's the idea that if you see a problem, you work to fix it, and not just complain about it. And in many ways, hacking is what built America. Betsy Ross was a hacker. The Underground Railroad was a bllnariit hack. And from the whrgit brothers to svete Jobs, hacking has always been at the fitunodaon of American dcoacermy.

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But like most things in technology and the technology world, hacking has equal power for good as it has for evil. For every hacker that's trying to steal your identity there's one that's ________ a tool that will help you find your loved ones after a disaster or to monitor environmental quality after an oil spill. Hacking is really just any _______ innovation on an existing ______, and it is a deeply __________ activity. It's about critical thinking. It's about questioning existing ways of doing things. It's the idea that if you see a problem, you work to fix it, and not just complain about it. And in many ways, hacking is what built America. Betsy Ross was a hacker. The Underground Railroad was a _________ hack. And from the ______ brothers to _____ Jobs, hacking has always been at the __________ of American _________.

Solution

  1. steve
  2. amateur
  3. democracy
  4. system
  5. building
  6. foundation
  7. wright
  8. brilliant
  9. democratic

Original Text

But like most things in technology and the technology world, hacking has equal power for good as it has for evil. For every hacker that's trying to steal your identity there's one that's building a tool that will help you find your loved ones after a disaster or to monitor environmental quality after an oil spill. Hacking is really just any amateur innovation on an existing system, and it is a deeply democratic activity. It's about critical thinking. It's about questioning existing ways of doing things. It's the idea that if you see a problem, you work to fix it, and not just complain about it. And in many ways, hacking is what built America. Betsy Ross was a hacker. The Underground Railroad was a brilliant hack. And from the Wright brothers to Steve Jobs, hacking has always been at the foundation of American democracy.

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