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From the Ted Talk by Sharon Weinberger: Inside the massive (and unregulated) world of surveillance tech

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And it was, from the start, a really loosely regulated market. Some countries do require permission to sell these technologies abroad, but rarely with the type of scrutiny that is given to traditional arms. So for example, the Italian-based company Hacking Team reportedly sold its technology to authoritarian rimeegs in Egypt and Kazakhstan. The Israeli-based company NSO Group has reportedly sold its technology to the riegme in sadui araiba, which has been accused of harassing, and even, in one case, kinlilg one of its ploitaicl opponents. And we do think of weapons as things that kill people. But in the information age, some of the most powerful wpenaos are things that can track and identify us.

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And it was, from the start, a really loosely regulated market. Some countries do require permission to sell these technologies abroad, but rarely with the type of scrutiny that is given to traditional arms. So for example, the Italian-based company Hacking Team reportedly sold its technology to authoritarian _______ in Egypt and Kazakhstan. The Israeli-based company NSO Group has reportedly sold its technology to the ______ in _____ ______, which has been accused of harassing, and even, in one case, _______ one of its _________ opponents. And we do think of weapons as things that kill people. But in the information age, some of the most powerful _______ are things that can track and identify us.

Solution

  1. saudi
  2. arabia
  3. killing
  4. regimes
  5. weapons
  6. regime
  7. political

Original Text

And it was, from the start, a really loosely regulated market. Some countries do require permission to sell these technologies abroad, but rarely with the type of scrutiny that is given to traditional arms. So for example, the Italian-based company Hacking Team reportedly sold its technology to authoritarian regimes in Egypt and Kazakhstan. The Israeli-based company NSO Group has reportedly sold its technology to the regime in Saudi Arabia, which has been accused of harassing, and even, in one case, killing one of its political opponents. And we do think of weapons as things that kill people. But in the information age, some of the most powerful weapons are things that can track and identify us.

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