Technology, Privacy & Security

Information technology is truly amazing: our phones and computers are such a part of our lives that it’s hard to imagine life without them. (Have you ever panicked when you forgot your phone at home?) They are so convenient and powerful, but they also have a dark side: they open us up to control, manipulation and having our most private and important information stolen. This next section of the class will look several different issues related to information technology, privacy and security.

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Nuclear Energy Necessary?

Yesterday, we looked at the continuing problems caused by the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Though TEPCO is making good progress in the clean up, the people of Fukushima are still suffering. This situation will continue for many, many years, and will continue to be terribly expensive for Japanese taxpayers. Therefore, Nuclear Power is too dangerous and countries should not use it, right? Let’s consider this more carefully.

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Topic #2: Nuclear Energy

In this unit, we will examine the current situation of nuclear energy production. Our first news story is about a recent “milestone” in the cleanup at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

But first, some background information. Hard to believe that it’s been eight years since the Tōhoku Earthquake and tsunami. Do you remember what happened at Fukushima?

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Model Paragraph Answer

A paragraph is a collection of sentences with a clear structure. It begins with a ‘topic sentence’ which controls the whole paragraph. This first sentence is then followed by a series of ‘supporting sentences’ that explain or give examples for the topic sentence. The final sentence, the ‘concluding sentence’ signals to the reader that the writer has finished his or her thoughts.

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