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George ORWELL - Technology - Spying - Terrorism

 

 

VOCABULARY :

 

  • NSA-GCHQ Snowden leaks: A glossary of the key terms - 28 January 2014 
    "When the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers published the first of Edward Snowden's NSA-GCHQ leaks in June,
    it unleashed a stream of abbreviations, acronyms and jargon describing the cyberspies' activities."

    + The new meaning of spyware
    (BBC)


  • to snoop
    = "to pry into the private affairs of others, especially by prowling about."

    (thefreedictionary.com)

    snooping
    = "Snooping, in a security context, is unauthorized access to another person's or company's data." 

    (searchsecurity.techtarget.com)

 

  • to declassify
    = "to remove official security classification from (a document)."

    (thefreedictionary.com)

  • Edward Snowden: An A-Z of surveillance - 26 June 2013
    "What we've learned about electronic eavesdropping from the Edward Snowden situation - in a handy print-out-and-keep lexicon of state surveillance."

    (BBC)

 

  • CONTRACTOR :
    Consultant, "a professional who provides expert advice in a particular domain or area of expertise."

    (Wikipedia)
  • Words in the News: NSA
    "Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian." Full story >>

    + VOCABULARY + Related articles
    (englishblog.com)

 

  • SNOOP :
    "If someone snoops on a person, they watch them secretly in order to find out things about their life. • Governments have been known to snoop on innocent citizens..."

    (englishblog.com)
  • A WHISTLEBLOWER (whistle-blower or whistle blower)[2] "is a person who tells the public or someone in authority about alleged dishonest or illegal activities (misconduct) occurring in a government department or private company or organization. The alleged misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health/safety violations, and corruption. Whistleblowers may make their allegations internally (for example, to other people within the accused organization) or externally (to regulators, law enforcement agencies, to the media or to groups concerned with the issues)..."
    (Wikipedia)


SURVEILLANCE :

  • Report Says Yahoo Scanned Emails - Text + Audio - 5 October 2016
    "People are reacting on social media to a news agency report that Yahoo designed an email-scanning app for use by a U.S. intelligence agency."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Microsoft Sues US Government - Text + Audio - 17 April 2016
    "The large computer technology company says government agencies are abusing a law that lets them demand to read emails or online files without their owners knowing they are doing so. Microsoft says the agencies are violating the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • FBI breaks into dead San Bernardino gunman's iPhone - VIDEO - 29 March 2016
    "The FBI has managed to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino gunman without Apple's help, ending a court case, the US justice department says.
    A court order issued last month required Apple to write new software to allow officials to access Rizwan Farook's phone, but Apple had resisted, saying it would set a "dangerous precedent"."
    (BBC)

  • U.S. Says It Has Unlocked iPhone Without Apple - 28 March 2016
    (nytimes.com)

  • Will Big Data lead to Big Brother? - 17 November 2015
    "Many countries are in the throes of a debate about the amount of surveillance a government should be allowed to carry out on its own people.
    But in other countries, where there are few, if any, checks on the state's powers, a potential dictatorship of data is already on the horizon."

    (BBC)

 

 

 

 

  • US declassifies phone-snooping order - 1 August 2013
    "The Obama administration has released documents on its phone-snooping, as a Senate panel questions intelligence officials about the programme.
    The declassification was made in the "interest of increased transparency", intelligence officials said."

    (BBC)
    See VOCABULARY

 

  • Surveillance and privacy: Hollywood’s new hot topics? - 29 July 2013
    "Films on Wikileaks and Edward Snowden are on their way to our screens, and a new documentary shines a light on surveillance online.
    Has Hollywood’s found its new hot topic? Emma Jones investigates."

    (BBC)
  • White House attacks plans to curb NSA data collection - 24 July 2013
    "The White House is urging Congress to reject an attempt to stop the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting Americans' phone records...
    The NSA collects records of every US phone call made and received."

    + How the US collects phone records
    (BBC)

 

 

 

  • Tagging technology to track trash - with a VIDEO
    "The ebb and flow of thousands of pieces of household rubbish are to be tracked using sophisticated mobile tags...
    It is hoped that making people confront the final journey of their waste will make them reduce what they throw away...
    In order to monitor how the pieces of rubbish move around the cities and beyond, the MIT team has developed a small mobile sensor that can be attached to individual pieces of waste. .. Everything will be traceable. "

    (BBC)


 


THE SCANDAL :

  • Edward Snowden: Leaks that exposed US spy programme - 25 October 2013
    "Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the CIA, left the US in late May after leaking to the media details of extensive internet and phone surveillance
    by American intelligence. Mr Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, faces espionage charges over his actions.
    As the scandal widens, BBC News looks at the leaks which brought the US spying activities to light."

    (BBC)

  • NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts - 25 October 2013
    "Agency given more than 200 numbers by government official 
    NSA encourages departments to share their 'Rolodexes'
    Surveillance produced 'little intelligence', memo acknowledges"

    (theguardian.com)

  • US intelligence agencies' 'black budget' detailed - 30 August 2013
    "A breakdown of US intelligence's multi-billion dollar "black budget" has been revealed in files disclosed by leaker Edward Snowden to the Washington Post.
    The CIA's budget is the most expensive. Two of those agencies are also actively hacking into foreign computer networks, reports the Washington Post."

    (BBC)

  • NSA illegally collected thousands of emails, US admits - 22 August 2013
    "A National Security Agency surveillance system illegally gathered up to 56,000 personal emails by Americans annually, declassified court documents show."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • The darker side of data science - 20 June 2013
    "Recent revelations about the US government have raised the thorny issue of how much collecting massive amounts of digital information compromises our privacy."

    (BBC)
  • On Prism, privacy and personal data - 17 June 2013
    "News that the US National Security Agency has collected data from major tech firms makes Tom Chatfield wonder: is today’s internet the one we wanted, or deserve?"

    (BBC)
  • US leaker Snowden is a traitor, says John Boehner - 12 June 2013
    "The Speaker of the US House of Representatives has described Edward Snowden, who leaked information
    about America's mass surveillance programme, as a traitor who has put lives at risk."

    (BBC)

 

  • Rise of the low-level contractor with high-level access - 11 June 2013
    "Intelligence agencies collect reams of personal data from our everyday interactions.
    And as the amount of data increases, so has the number of people who work with this sensitive information. Who are they?"

    (BBC)

 

  • NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program - 6 June 2013
    "Through a top-secret program authorized by federal judges working under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the U.S. intelligence community can gain access to the servers of nine Internet companies for a wide range of digital data..."

    (washingtonpost.com)

 

 

CARTOONS :


Cartoon: Patriot Act Put On Hold
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + LANGUAGE
+ Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 


Cartoon: Who's Monitoring Whom?
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + LANGUAGE
+ ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 


From '1984' (George Orwell) - COMIC BOOK
(1984comic.com)

 


Cartoon: Uncle Sam Knows What You Want For Christmas
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

KAL Cartoon: Striking the Right Balance
"With a new year in sight, The Economist’s editorial cartoonist, 
Kevin ("KAL") Kallaugher, has pulled together
his favourite cartoons from 2013..."

+ COMMENTARY+ LANGUAGE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

Cartoon: NSA Spying Scandal
"This cartoon by Rick McKee from The Augusta Chronicle relates
to the NSA spying scandal, which has been widely covered on this blog."
COMMENT + VOCABULARY + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

Cartoon: NSA's Huge Data Collection
BACKGROUND + CARTOON + VOCABULARY + NOTE
+ Related articles

(englishblog.com)


Cartoon: Dirty Tricks or Treat
"This cartoon by John Darcow from the Columbia Daily Tribune 
mixes the NSA spying scandal with Halloween."
COMMENT + GRAMMAR + MORE CARTOONS
+ Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

Cartoon: NSA Phone Hacking
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + VOCABULARY
+ ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

Cartoon: Angela Merkel's cellphone tapped by U.S.
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION
+ Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

 

Cartoon: Little Red Riding Merkel and the Big Bad Obama
"This cartoon by Schrank from The Independent on Sunday 
relates to the ongoing scandal
over the bugging of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone
by the US security services."

+ COMMENTARY + NOTE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 


Cartoon: The Eavesdroppers
BACKGROUND  + THE CARTOON + VOCABULARY
+ QUIZ + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 


Cartoon: Big Brother Is Bugging EU
- 1 July 2013
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + COMMENT
+ Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 


Cartoon: Privacy Double Standard - 29 June 2013
"This cartoon by Chappatte from NZZ am Sonntag relates to the 
ongoing controversy over US and British spying programmes
."

VOCABULARY + LINKS + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

 


Cartoon: Father's Day Intel

"Today is Father's Day, and in this cartoon
from The Columbus DispatchNate Beeler makes a connection
between this annual celebration and the U.S.
Prism surveillance programme."

EXPLANATION + VOCABULARY + LINKS + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

 

Cartoons for the Classroom: Warrantless Scrutiny
"The latest edition of Cartoons for the Classroom relates
to the revelations that U.S. intelligence agencies are gathering phone
and Web data of millions of citizens..."

COMMENTARY  + VOCABULARY + MORE CARTOONS
+ Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

 

Cartoon: Nothing To Fear
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

 

Cartoon: Spying Then And Now
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON
+ MORE SPYING CARTOONS + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 


 


Cartoon: Snoop Obama

BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + VOCABULARY
+ MORE CARTOONS + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

NSA Snooping 
(cagle.com) 


Big Brother is watching us

(toonpool.com)

 

 


LISTENING :

  • Report Says Yahoo Scanned Emails - Text + Audio - 5 October 2016
    "People are reacting on social media to a news agency report that Yahoo designed an email-scanning app for use by a U.S. intelligence agency."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Microsoft Sues US Government - Text + Audio - 17 April 2016
    "The large computer technology company says government agencies are abusing a law that lets them demand to read emails or online files without their owners knowing they are doing so. Microsoft says the agencies are violating the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Apple vs. FBI And Your Privacy - Text + Audio - 2 March 2016
    "A dispute between Apple and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, has put law enforcement and technology in conflict. This could affect privacy, safety and security in the U.S. The dispute involves the FBI investigation of the mass shootings in San Bernardino, California, last December."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • US Court: NSA Phone Record Gathering Is Illegal - Text + Audio - 7 May 2015
    "A U.S. appeals court in New York ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency's program to collect phone records of Americans is illegal..."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

ACTIVITIES :

  • Putin will not hand Snowden to U.S. (June 27, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The escapades of U.S. whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden continue. Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed on Tuesday that the former CIA worker was in the transit area of an airport in Moscow."

    (breakingnewsenglish.com)
  • Europe worried about U.S. spying (June 13, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The European Union is worried about a top-secret American surveillance program that has spied on its citizens."

    (breakingnewsenglish.com)

Global netizens worried over US spying - June 8th, 2013
(technology.inquirer.net)

  • Reality TV shows, Big Brother
    - une séquence "qui part de "Big Brother", l'émission de TV réalité et débouche sur l'étude de "1984", extrait du livre de G. Orwell.
    Dans une perspective actionnelle, les tâches demandées aux élèves s'enchainent, dans les différentes activités langagières
    (Compréhension orale , Production Orale, Compréhension Ecrite, Production Ecrite) pour parvenir à la tâche finale : simulation d'un débat à la radio."
    + évaluation (compréhension orale) proposée à plusieurs niveaux : B2 à A2
    Séquence prévue pour une classe de 1ère, à adapter pour le collège.

    (Pascale Catoire - Ac. Orléans-Tours)
  • President Bush OK'd spying in America - a lesson plan with audio (Dec 18, 2005)
    "In his regular address to the nation on Saturday, President George W. Bush confirmed reports that he authorized and condoned spying in the USA."

    (breakingnewsenglish.com)
  • Big Brother vs. Little Brother: Updating Orwell's 1984 - a lesson
    "In this lesson, students compare and contrast the world, people and technologies of 1984 with those of today and create a treatment for a modern film, print or stage adaptation that revolves around current technologies."

    (learning.blogs.nytimes.com)
  • Pizza Palace - a scenario
    "This fictional scenario explores the possibilities when Big Brother watches an ordinary person who just wants to order a pizza."

    (aclu.org)

 

LESSON PLANS :

  • Media says Obama knew US spied on Merkel - a lesson plan with AUDIO (October 29, 2013)
    "Several German news sources are questioning how much President Obama knows about the US spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
    One magazine reported that the USA's National Security Agency started tapping Ms Merkel's mobile telephone in 2002."

    (breakingnewsenglish.com)

 

INTERACTIVE GAMES :

  • WATCH_DOGS :

  • BIG BROTHER :

    • Big Brother "is a reality game show franchise created by John de Mol. The premise of the show is a group of people living together in a large house, isolated from the outside world and continuously monitored by television cameras. Each series lasts for about three months, with 12–16 contestants entering the house. To win the final cash prize, a contestant must survive periodic evictions and be the last one standing."
      (Wikipedia)

    • Big Brother 2006 - Big Brother Lays Down The Rules
      "First time the housemates are gathered together to have Big Brother explain the rules."

      (YouTube)
      + a worksheet(stockpot.absolutenglish.org)

 

 

VIDEOS :

  • The Technology Report: Microsoft Takes Legal Action Against the U.S. - VIDEO - 1 May 2016
    "The technology company Microsoft says government agencies are abusing a law that lets them demand to read emails or online files
    without their owners knowing they are doing so.
    Microsoft says the agencies are violating the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • The Technology Report: FBI and Apple Court Battle Ends - VIDEO - 17 April 2016
    "In California, a legal battle between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Apple has ended.
    The FBI was able to get information from an iPhone without help from Apple."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • CNET Update - Apple vs. the FBI: An easy explanation
    "A judge has ordered Apple to crack into an iPhone for law enforcement, but this could affect the future of cybersecurity for everyone.
    Bridget Carey breaks down the issue in under three minutes."

    (YouTube)

 

  • Stranger visions
    "In Stranger Visions artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places.
    Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism
    and the potential for a culture of biological surveillance..."

    (deweyhagborg.com)

 

 

 

CINEMA :

 

  • PLURALITY (2012)
    (YouTube)
    "After New York City introduces a cutting-edge identity-scanning technology in 2023, citizens can not only unlock doors and make purchases at the touch of a finger, they can be tracked by the police 24/7. Crime drops almost instantly, but an unexpected side effect occurs - people start popping up in two places at once."

    (imdb.com)
    "Nous sommes de plus en plus connectés, de plus en plus dépendants de la technologie, mais également de plus en plus surveillés. Imaginez un monde où nous serions connectés 24 heures sur 24, à n’importe quel endroit. C’est le scénario de base de Plurality, un court métrage extrêmement bien réalisé, qui anticipe notre monde dans une dizaine d’années."
    (journaldugeek.com)



 

 

  • The story of surveillance on screen
    "Stories of surveillance have been cinema fodder for decades. Given what we know about how real-life spies work, how closely do these sometimes fanciful tales resemble reality?"

    (BBC)

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Watcher: The 10 Scariest Big Brother Movies - with videos
    1. NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR (1984)
    2. THE MATRIX (1999)
    3. BRAZIL (1985)
    4. THE PARALLAX VIEW (1974)5. THE LIVES OF OTHERS (2006)
    6. ENEMY OF THE STATE (1998)
    7. THE CONVERSATION (1974)
    8. THE TRUMAN SHOW (1998)
    9. MINORITY REPORT (2002)
    10. THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (1975)

    + The Adjustment Bureau
    (complex.com)