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"From the Ted Talk by Nita Farahany: When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy?"

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In the months following the 2009 paintideersl eloicten in Iran, protests erupted across the country. The Iranian government violently sseuprsped what came to be known as the Iranian Green Movement, even blocking mobile signals to cut off cauioimctmnon between the protesters. My ptearns, who emigrated to the United States in the late 1960s, spend substantial time there, where all of my large, extended family live. When I would call my family in Tehran during some of the most violent cokrcndaws of the protest, none of them dared discuss with me what was happening. They or I knew to quickly steer the conversation to other topics. All of us understood what the consequences could be of a perceived dissident action. But I still wish I could have known what they were thinking or what they were feeling. What if I could have? Or more frighteningly, what if the Iranian geroennmvt could have? Would they have artersed them based on what their brains revealed? That day may be coelsr than you think.

Open Cloze

In the months following the 2009 ____________ ________ in Iran, protests erupted across the country. The Iranian government violently __________ what came to be known as the Iranian Green Movement, even blocking mobile signals to cut off _____________ between the protesters. My _______, who emigrated to the United States in the late 1960s, spend substantial time there, where all of my large, extended family live. When I would call my family in Tehran during some of the most violent __________ of the protest, none of them dared discuss with me what was happening. They or I knew to quickly steer the conversation to other topics. All of us understood what the consequences could be of a perceived dissident action. But I still wish I could have known what they were thinking or what they were feeling. What if I could have? Or more frighteningly, what if the Iranian __________ could have? Would they have ________ them based on what their brains revealed? That day may be ______ than you think.

Solution

  1. communication
  2. parents
  3. closer
  4. arrested
  5. suppressed
  6. presidential
  7. government
  8. election
  9. crackdowns

Original Text

In the months following the 2009 presidential election in Iran, protests erupted across the country. The Iranian government violently suppressed what came to be known as the Iranian Green Movement, even blocking mobile signals to cut off communication between the protesters. My parents, who emigrated to the United States in the late 1960s, spend substantial time there, where all of my large, extended family live. When I would call my family in Tehran during some of the most violent crackdowns of the protest, none of them dared discuss with me what was happening. They or I knew to quickly steer the conversation to other topics. All of us understood what the consequences could be of a perceived dissident action. But I still wish I could have known what they were thinking or what they were feeling. What if I could have? Or more frighteningly, what if the Iranian government could have? Would they have arrested them based on what their brains revealed? That day may be closer than you think.

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