The Reading / Listening - Big Brother - Level 1

San Francisco is the first U.S. city to ban facial recognition. The police cannot use the software. The city already uses cameras for car number plates and at airports. The police wear body cameras. Officials say facial recognition will increase security. They say it is cheaper and faster for police to find criminals and to find missing people. A technology expert said: "A ban on facial recognition will make [San Francisco] frozen in time with [old] technology."



An official said facial recognition was like "Big Brother". This is a character in the book "1984". The phrase Big Brother describes governments trying to control and spy on everyone. The official said: "We can have security without being a security state. We can have good policing without being a police state." He said we should build trust by using good community information, not by using Big Brother technology. Many countries use facial recognition.

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    Big Brother - Level 0 Big Brother - Level 2   or  Big Brother - Level 3

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/san-francisco-becomes-first-us-city-to-ban-police-from-using-facial-recognition-technology-11720324
  • https://www.foxnews.com/tech/san-francisco-1st-us-city-outlaw-police-facial-recognition-technology
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48276660


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the first U.S. city to ban
  2. The police cannot
  3. The city already uses
  4. car number
  5. The police wear
  6. increase
  7. it is cheaper
  8. find missing
  1. cameras
  2. body cameras
  3. people
  4. and faster
  5. facial recognition
  6. plates
  7. use the software
  8. security

Paragraph 2

  1. facial recognition was like
  2. This is a character in
  3. control and spy
  4. security without being
  5. good
  6. without being a
  7. we should
  8. Many countries use
  1. a security state
  2. on everyone
  3. facial recognition
  4. police state
  5. "Big Brother"
  6. the book
  7. policing
  8. build trust

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

San Francisco is the first U.S. (1) ___________________ facial recognition. The police cannot (2) ___________________. The city already uses cameras for car number plates and at airports. The police (3) ___________________. Officials say facial recognition will increase security. They say it is (4) ___________________ for police to find criminals and to (5) ___________________. A technology expert said: "A ban on facial recognition will make [San Francisco] (6) ___________________ with [old] technology."

An (7) ___________________ recognition was like "Big Brother". This is a (8) ___________________ book "1984". The phrase Big Brother describes governments trying to (9) __________________ on everyone. The official said: "We can have (10) ___________________ a security state. We can have good policing without being a police state." He said we (11) ___________________ by using good community information, not by using Big Brother technology. Many (12) ___________________ recognition.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SanFranciscoisthefirstU.S.citytobanfacialrecognition.Thepolicecan
notusethesoftware.Thecityalreadyusescamerasforcarnumberplates
andatairports.Thepolicewearbodycameras.Officialssayfacialrecogni
tionwillincreasesecurity.Theysayitischeaperandfasterforpolicetofin
dcriminalsandtofindmissingpeople.Atechnologyexpertsaid:"Abano
nfacialrecognitionwillmake[SanFrancisco]frozenintimewith[old]tec
hnology."Anofficialsaidfacialrecognitionwaslike"BigBrother".Thisisa
characterinthebook"1984".ThephraseBigBrotherdescribesgovernm
entstryingtocontrolandspyoneveryone.Theofficialsaid:"Wecanhave
securitywithoutbeingasecuritystate.Wecanhavegoodpolicingwithou
tbeingapolicestate."Hesaidweshouldbuildtrustbyusinggoodcommu
nityinformation,notbyusingBigBrothertechnology.Manycountriesus
efacialrecognition.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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