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Spychips How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Purchase and Watch Your Every Move

ISBN-10: 0452287669
ISBN-13: 9780452287662
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Description: As you walk down the street, a tiny microchip implanted in your tennis shoe tracks your every move; chips woven into your clothing transmit the value of your outfit to nearby retailers; and a thief scans the chips hidden inside your money to decide  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.40" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

As you walk down the street, a tiny microchip implanted in your tennis shoe tracks your every move; chips woven into your clothing transmit the value of your outfit to nearby retailers; and a thief scans the chips hidden inside your money to decide if youre worth robbing. This isnt science fiction; in a few short years, it could be a fact of life. Spychipstakes readers into the frightening world of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).While manufacturers and the government want you to believe that they would never misuse the technology, the future looks like an Orwellian nightmare when you consider the possibilities of surveillance and tracking these chips embody. Combining in-depth research with firsthand reporting, Spychipsreveals how RFID technology, if left unchecked, could soon destroy our privacy, radically alter the economy, and open the floodgates for civil liberty abuses.

Katherine Albrecht is the founder and director of CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering). Albrecht has emerged as one of the leading voices for privacy in today's fast changing, high-tech world and has spoken on RFID all over the world, providing testimony to state, federal, and international lawmakers.

Liz McIntyre is CASPIAN's communications director. She is the master strategist for many of the organization's most successful campaigns, but is perhaps best known as the MoneyMom, a family money writer and columnist.

Bruce Sterling is a recent winner of the Nebula Award and the author of the nonfiction book "The Hacker Crackdown" as well as novels and short story collections. He co-authored, with William Gibson, the critically acclaimed novel "The Difference Engine." He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and daughter.

Foreword
Tracking Everything Everywhere: The RFID threat
Spychips 101: The basics of RFID
The Master Plan: How RFID could change your world forever
The Spy in Your Shoe: Rigging everyday objects to report on their owners
There's a Target on Your Back: Marketers plan to use RFID to manipulate and spy on consumers
The RFID Retail Zoo: The future of shopping
Bringing It Home: How RFID could invade your private spaces
Talking Trash: The RFID tags you throw away say as much as the ones you keep
Yes, That's Your Medicine Cabinet Talking: How your doctor, pharmacy, and hospital plan to use RFID
This Is a Stickup: RFID crimes, should-be crimes, and just plain snooping
Downshifting into Surveillance Mode: Tracking people through their travels
The Chips That Won't Die: Technical fixes to the RFID problem
Adapt or Die: How RFID backers hope to get you on board
Are You Next?: Numbering, tracking, and controlling humans with RFID
Your Tax Dollars at Work: Government use of RFID
The Nightmare Scenario: What if Hitler had RFID?
Pull the Plug!: How you can help win the RFID war
Epilogue
Endnotes
Index

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