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From the Ted Talk by Albert Fox Cahn: The shift we need to stop mass surveillance

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In America, our default rule is that every smartphone, copumter and Internet-enabled toaster oven is a police tool in the making. ocffires can seize our devices and wiretap Alexa, but they don't control the cnroouts of our Constitution. It's our decision, our democratic decision, whether our data can be used for ucntdiemoarc ends. We can create new firewalls to potcert our information -- not computer code, but legal codes that shield us from having our data used against us in a court of law. Legal firewalls are already becoming a reality in New York. At the pandemic's hgehit, we feared how police and ICE might misuse data from new contact tracing apps that monitor everyone nearby. So we wekord with the New York Civil Liberties Union, docrtos, grassroots organizers to create the first ban on police aseccs to contact tiacrng data in the country.

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In America, our default rule is that every smartphone, ________ and Internet-enabled toaster oven is a police tool in the making. ________ can seize our devices and wiretap Alexa, but they don't control the ________ of our Constitution. It's our decision, our democratic decision, whether our data can be used for ____________ ends. We can create new firewalls to _______ our information -- not computer code, but legal codes that shield us from having our data used against us in a court of law. Legal firewalls are already becoming a reality in New York. At the pandemic's ______, we feared how police and ICE might misuse data from new contact tracing apps that monitor everyone nearby. So we ______ with the New York Civil Liberties Union, _______, grassroots organizers to create the first ban on police ______ to contact _______ data in the country.

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  3. worked
  4. contours
  5. doctors
  6. tracing
  7. height
  8. access
  9. officers
  10. protect

Original Text

In America, our default rule is that every smartphone, computer and Internet-enabled toaster oven is a police tool in the making. Officers can seize our devices and wiretap Alexa, but they don't control the contours of our Constitution. It's our decision, our democratic decision, whether our data can be used for undemocratic ends. We can create new firewalls to protect our information -- not computer code, but legal codes that shield us from having our data used against us in a court of law. Legal firewalls are already becoming a reality in New York. At the pandemic's height, we feared how police and ICE might misuse data from new contact tracing apps that monitor everyone nearby. So we worked with the New York Civil Liberties Union, doctors, grassroots organizers to create the first ban on police access to contact tracing data in the country.

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