November 29, 2005
IN THE MAIL: Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre’s Spychips : How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID. Bruce Sterling calls it “a masterpiece.”
Some people would probably like to see us all wearing these.
UPDATE: Tech reporter Hiawatha Bray emails:
I know and like Katherine Albrecht. I’ve covered her for years and think she’s often rather more paranoid than the facts justify. But in Spychips, she and McIntyre have done their homework and rely almost entirely on actual documents from the companies and trade organizations working on RFID chip applications. The book makes a very persuasive case that some of America’s biggest companies want to embed tracking technology into virtually everything we own, and then study our usage patterns 24 hours a day. It’s a truly creepy book and well worth reading.
Yeah, this is a topic that has attracted its share of paranoia. But sometimes the paranoids are right!