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From the Ted Talk by Christopher Soghoian: How to avoid surveillance ... with the phone in your pocket

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For more than 100 years, the telephone companies have provided wiretapping assistance to gnnmtvreoes.
For much of this time, this assistance was manual. Surveillance took place manually and wires were connected by hand. Calls were roeecrdd to tape. But as in so many other industries, computing has changed everything. The telephone cmeonapis built surveillance features into the very core of their networks. I want that to sink in for a second: Our telephones and the networks that crray our calls were werid for surveillance first. First and foremost.

Open Cloze

For more than 100 years, the telephone companies have provided wiretapping assistance to ___________.
For much of this time, this assistance was manual. Surveillance took place manually and wires were connected by hand. Calls were ________ to tape. But as in so many other industries, computing has changed everything. The telephone _________ built surveillance features into the very core of their networks. I want that to sink in for a second: Our telephones and the networks that _____ our calls were _____ for surveillance first. First and foremost.

Solution

  1. carry
  2. companies
  3. governments
  4. recorded
  5. wired

Original Text

For more than 100 years, the telephone companies have provided wiretapping assistance to governments.
For much of this time, this assistance was manual. Surveillance took place manually and wires were connected by hand. Calls were recorded to tape. But as in so many other industries, computing has changed everything. The telephone companies built surveillance features into the very core of their networks. I want that to sink in for a second: Our telephones and the networks that carry our calls were wired for surveillance first. First and foremost.

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