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Hacker-Proof “Technology”?

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CREDIT: Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/ Andrews Mcmeel Syndication

Hacking and spying have been hot topics in the news. During the 2016 presidential campaign, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of conducting cyber attacks against the Democratic Party to disrupt the election. More recently, President Trump claimed, without offering evidence, that his calls at Trump Tower were wiretapped by President Obama during the final weeks of the presidential campaign. (White House officials later said the accusation wasn’t meant to be taken literally.) And last week, Wikileaks released leaked C.I.A. documents indicating that the spy agency was seeking ways to break into encrypted messaging systems such as Signal and WhatsApp and into ordinary consumer devices—including smartphones.


  1. Where is the cartoon taking place and what are the two characters discussing?
  2. Why are some of the items in the display case 50% off? 
  3. What’s ironic about the woman’s statement? Why does she call a pencil a “revolutionary device”?
  4. What point is the cartoonist trying to make? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  5. Do you think hacking can be prevented or is it an inevitable part of technology? Explain. 

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