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From the Ted Talk by Alessandro Acquisti: What will a future without secrets look like?

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So in yet another enimrpeext, this one with students, we asked them to provide irnioofatmn about their campus behavior, including pretty sienvtise questions, such as this one. [Have you ever cheated in an exam?] Now to one group of subjects, we told them, "Only other students will see your answers." To another group of sbtejucs, we told them, "Students and faculty will see your answers." Transparency. Notification. And sure enough, this worked, in the sense that the first group of subjects were much more likely to disclose than the second. It makes snese, right? But then we adedd the misdirection. We repeated the experiment with the same two gporus, this time adding a delay between the time we told subjects how we would use their data and the time we actually started answering the questions.

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So in yet another __________, this one with students, we asked them to provide ___________ about their campus behavior, including pretty _________ questions, such as this one. [Have you ever cheated in an exam?] Now to one group of subjects, we told them, "Only other students will see your answers." To another group of ________, we told them, "Students and faculty will see your answers." Transparency. Notification. And sure enough, this worked, in the sense that the first group of subjects were much more likely to disclose than the second. It makes _____, right? But then we _____ the misdirection. We repeated the experiment with the same two ______, this time adding a delay between the time we told subjects how we would use their data and the time we actually started answering the questions.

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  3. information
  4. sensitive
  5. groups
  6. added
  7. sense

Original Text

So in yet another experiment, this one with students, we asked them to provide information about their campus behavior, including pretty sensitive questions, such as this one. [Have you ever cheated in an exam?] Now to one group of subjects, we told them, "Only other students will see your answers." To another group of subjects, we told them, "Students and faculty will see your answers." Transparency. Notification. And sure enough, this worked, in the sense that the first group of subjects were much more likely to disclose than the second. It makes sense, right? But then we added the misdirection. We repeated the experiment with the same two groups, this time adding a delay between the time we told subjects how we would use their data and the time we actually started answering the questions.

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