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"From the Ted Talk by Richard Ledgett: The NSA responds to Edward Snowden's TED Talk"

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CA: But it sndous like what you're saying is that when it comes to the Internet at large, any strategy is fair game if it improves America's safety. And I think this is partly where there is such a divide of opinion, that there's a lot of people in this room and around the world who think very differently about the Internet. They think of it as a mueonmots invention of humanity, kind of on a par with the Gutenberg press, for example. It's the bringer of knowledge to all. It's the connector of all. And it's vewied in those sort of idealistic terms. And from that lens, what the NSA has done is equivalent to the authorities back in Germany iseinnrtg some device into every pnntriig press that would reveal which bkoos people bought and what they read. Can you unsetanrdd that from that viewpoint, it feels outrageous?

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CA: But it ______ like what you're saying is that when it comes to the Internet at large, any strategy is fair game if it improves America's safety. And I think this is partly where there is such a divide of opinion, that there's a lot of people in this room and around the world who think very differently about the Internet. They think of it as a _________ invention of humanity, kind of on a par with the Gutenberg press, for example. It's the bringer of knowledge to all. It's the connector of all. And it's ______ in those sort of idealistic terms. And from that lens, what the NSA has done is equivalent to the authorities back in Germany _________ some device into every ________ press that would reveal which _____ people bought and what they read. Can you __________ that from that viewpoint, it feels outrageous?

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  5. inserting
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  7. printing

Original Text

CA: But it sounds like what you're saying is that when it comes to the Internet at large, any strategy is fair game if it improves America's safety. And I think this is partly where there is such a divide of opinion, that there's a lot of people in this room and around the world who think very differently about the Internet. They think of it as a momentous invention of humanity, kind of on a par with the Gutenberg press, for example. It's the bringer of knowledge to all. It's the connector of all. And it's viewed in those sort of idealistic terms. And from that lens, what the NSA has done is equivalent to the authorities back in Germany inserting some device into every printing press that would reveal which books people bought and what they read. Can you understand that from that viewpoint, it feels outrageous?

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