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

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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 rercoedd to tape. But as in so many other industries, computing has cehnagd everything. The telephone companies built surveillance ftrueaes into the very core of their networks. I want that to sink in for a second: Our telephones and the netkorws that carry our calls were wired for sunllcarivee first. First and foremost.

Open Cloze

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 ________ to tape. But as in so many other industries, computing has _______ everything. The telephone companies built surveillance ________ into the very core of their networks. I want that to sink in for a second: Our telephones and the ________ that carry our calls were wired for ____________ first. First and foremost.

Solution

  1. networks
  2. recorded
  3. surveillance
  4. changed
  5. features

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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telephone companies 4
surveillance features 3
surveillance system 3
government officials 3
telephone calls 3

Important Words

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  3. calls
  4. carry
  5. changed
  6. companies
  7. computing
  8. connected
  9. core
  10. features
  11. foremost
  12. governments
  13. hand
  14. industries
  15. manual
  16. manually
  17. networks
  18. place
  19. recorded
  20. sink
  21. surveillance
  22. tape
  23. telephone
  24. telephones
  25. time
  26. wired
  27. wires
  28. wiretapping
  29. years