Social 30: Government Surveillance

First, we’ll be watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.


Answer the following questions: How much of your privacy would you give up to feel safe? Is privacy an essential individual freedom? How much oversight should the government have of its citizens?

Then, we’ll roll on to the Hong Kong protests, considering the following:

China’s government monitors individuals’ Internet access, and the “Great Chinese Firewall” censors what Chinese Internet users can see. People outside China who used Google to search “Hong Kong protests” could read news reports and see images of protesters gathered in front of the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong. Google, however, is blocked in China, so these images weren’t available to people in the country.

What reasons can you suggest to explain why China has created these controls? As you see it, should the Chinese government censor information such as details about the Hong Kong protests? Give reasons to support your response.

Mr. McIntosh

Teacher - Humanities

My teaching assignment this year includes Social 20, Social 30, Jr. Sports Performance, Sr. Sports Performance, Kindergarten PE, Social 5, Math 2, and Social 9. My coaching assignment this year includes Cross Country (XC) from Grades 1-12, Sr. High Boys Basketball, Sr. High Boys Handball, and Tennis from Grades 9 - 12. In addition, I serve as one of the school representatives to our ATA Local Council and sit on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Bashaw.

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