To John Kendall, casino gambling
will soon look like this:
"If at table 17, player
4 has been betting $5, and all of a sudden he bets $500, they
want to be notified," said Kendall, whose firm is investing
heavily in technology known as RFID -- radio frequency identification
-- to make the tags work. "Our reporting will tell the casino
manager that this person has just changed his betting habits,"
perhaps because he is cheating.
The technology has been around
for a decade -- including use in the E-ZPass system that helps
speed drivers through toll booths on many East Coast highways
-- but RFID is now robust enough, and getting cheap enough, that
it is beginning to transform numerous sectors of the economy
by allowing unparalleled tracking of products and people.
"If you know quickly who
is in the area, you can customize their experience," said
Paul McKeown, who heads IBM's global smart-card efforts. McKeown
said he was inspired by an experience his mother had in her small
town in England, where for years she was banking at the same
branch and one day wasn't recognized and was challenged by a
RFID Tags Read Remotely
But RFID initiatives alarm privacy
advocates, as well as some federal government officials and state
legislators, who understand the benefits but worry about the
possibility of abuse in the tracking of goods and people.
The Food and Drug Administration is in fact encouraging adoption of RFID in the pharmaceutical industry to attack counterfeit drugs, pushing for widespread tagging of medicines by 2007.
Other uses are proliferating
as well. One California company has developed a soap dispenser
capable of reading employee tags to let restaurant managers know
whether their workers washed their hands while in the bathroom.
A charter school in Buffalo uses tags on its students as a way
of taking attendance in the mornings.
That view is shared by the Federal
Trade Commission, which held an all-day seminar on the issue
Monday to examine the tradeoffs.
A consortium of more than 40 public-interest groups has called for strict public-notification rules, the right to demand deactivation of the tag when people leave stores, and overall limits on the technology's use until privacy concerns have been better addressed.
Early Ambitions of the RFID Movement
Their fears were particularly
stoked by the early ambitions of leaders of the RFID movement,
who envisioned a world in which every product had a unique identifier
that could be electronically tracked.
The MIT center has disbanded,
but its work is being carried on by EPCGlobal Inc., a corporate-funded
organization that later this summer hopes to announce uniform
worldwide technical standards for the technology. The group is
also issuing privacy guidelines.
"A lot of people are making
crazy statements" about how fast the price of a tag -- which
typically contains a tiny chip and an antenna -- will fall, said
Jeff Woods, an RFID analyst with the market research firm Gartner
Wal-Mart Pressing Ahead
But Wal-Mart is pressing ahead,
announcing last week that it was expanding the program to its
top 300 suppliers by 2006. Target Corp. and Albertson's Inc.
have announced similar initiatives, as has the Department of
Defense, which will affect hundreds of suppliers.
That is music to the ears of
a burgeoning sector of large and small companies making RFID
tags and readers, and providing hardware and software integration
But it is those same unimaginables that worry Katherine Albrecht, a Boston area privacy activist who is leading the charge against RFID. Albrecht, who is working on a doctoral dissertation at Harvard University, founded Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering in 1999 after studying how grocery chains were using loyalty cards to develop marketing data about their customers.
Tags in Consumer Products
"Who controls the data"
collected from RFID tags? Albrecht asked. She worries that companies
putting tags into consumer products might forge alliances with
the makers of carpeting, for example, to embed sensing devices
that could develop intelligence about how consumers use the items.
"Anonymity is an important
issue that must be handled very thoughtfully," said Elliot
Maxwell, who heads an international committee that advises EPCGlobal
on privacy and other policy issues.
Privacy Activists Wonder
But few applications raise more
eyebrows than RFID tags implanted in people, a business pursued
by Applied Digital Solutions Inc. and its subsidiary, VeriChip
Corp., of Palm Beach, Fla.
The company and the family hoped
the tag would speed patients through frequent hospital visits
or in the case of an emergency by quickly alerting doctors to
a person's identity and medical history. But the FDA quickly
stepped in and deemed medical uses of the technology subject
to government approval, which is still pending.
Décidément, on ne
sait plus quoi inventer pour museler les libertés et contrôler
chaque individu ! Au département "biométrie",
un petit nouveau est venu s'ajouter... Après l'identification
par empreintes digitales, par empreintes de l'iris, par empreintes
faciales, par le lobe de l'oreille ou encore par la structure
du squelette, c'est aujourd'hui les empreintes de vos veines
que l'on se propose de scanner !
Pour preuve, je vous propose un article que je viens juste de lire dans le journal belge "Metro" (http://www.freemetro.be) de ce vendredi 2 juillet 2004, en page 15. Mais vous pouvez aussi surfez sur http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=
RECONNU PAR VOS VEINES
Tokyo - Les cartes d'accès pourraient un jour devenir obsolètes. Bientôt il suffira de tendre la main pour que les portes les mieux gardées s'ouvrent. Cet appareil peut en effet vous reconnaître rien que par la disposition de vos veines. Baptisé "Vein Sign", il scanne le dos de votre main et peut identifier une personne préalablement enregistrée avec un risque d'erreur minime de 0,0001%. Ce nouveau système de reconnaissance biométrique scanne les poignets en 0,5 secondes. Mis au point par NEC Engineering Co., il pourrait bien, dans le futur, remplcer les cartes d'accès.
ETRANGE comme les multinationales poursuivent de façon obsessive (ou psychopate ?) la recherche dans les moyens d'identifiction des personnes, vous ne trouvez pas ? Bientôt, si on se laisse faire, on ne signer plus avec nos empreintes ni avec nos veines, mais bien...avec notre sang, lorsque les micro-puces cérébrales et sous-cutanées se répandront ! Et à ce moment, adieu libre arbitre et adieu contrôle sur notre esprit...et sur notre corps ! La réaction devient urgente, sinon l'inévitable se produira.
L'heure est grave ! Voici ce que mon ami Marc m'a envoyé... On voit venir chez nous les premières RFID liberticides, présentées (évidemment) comme un progrès mervelleux et absolument indispensable afin d'appâter le peuple ! Et ce n'est malheureusement qu'un début... ;-((
IBM ouvre un centre de tests
RFID à Nice
MESSAGE URGENT ET D'IMPORTANCE
BON SANG, MES AMIS, INFORMEZ
UN MAXIMUM DE GENS...Il FAUT qu'ils sachent ! Nous DEVONS éviter
une telle catastrophe !
The RFID technology was developed by HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in partnership with five states, including California and New York. "This is a rare opportunity to use advanced technology to meet society's dual objectives of better serving our homeless population while making our cities safer," HRSA Administrator Betty James Duke said.
The miniscule RFID tags are no larger than a matchstick and will be implanted subdermally, meaning under the skin. Data from RFI tion from Homelessness (PATH) program, which was created under the McKinney Act to fund support services for the homeless. A second phase of the project, scheduled to be completed in early 2005, will wirelessly transmit live information on the locations of homeless people to handheld computers running the Windows CE operating system.A spokesman for the National Coalition for the Homeless, which estimates that there are between 2.3 million and 3.5 million people experiencing homelessness nationwide, said the pilot program could be easily abused.
"We have expressed our tentative support for the idea to HRSA, but only if it includes privacy safeguards," the spokesman said. "So far it's unclear whether those safeguards will actually be in place by roll-out."Chris Hoofnagle, deputy director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the mandatory RFID program would be vulnerable to a legal challenge. "It is a glaring violation of the Tenth Amendment, which says that powers not awarded to the gover.
Avons-nous donc un programme "CHIP" en France ou en Belgique ? Certes, non, et pas promotionné par les francs-maçons... CEPENDANT, voici ce que l'on a pu découvrir dernièrement au journal télévisé de la RTBF ainsi que sur le site dont je te donne le lien ci-dessous : un PASSEPORT POUR LES ENFANTS, PLUS COMPLET QUE LA SIMPLE CARTE D'IDENTITE, vient d'être créé par la police, et il contient toutes les informations nécessaires (l'âge, la taille, la couleur des cheveux, des yeux, le groupe sanguin et les signes particuliers), et même... l'empreinte digitale du pouce droit ainsi qu'une mèche de cheveux pour pouvoir avoir accès à l'ADN de l'enfant !!! Données biométriques/génétiques, donc...
Simple coïncidence ? Je t'en laisse seul juge...
L'article, tiré du journal belge "Le Soir", est disponible ici : http://www.regions.be/Regions/Hainaut/page_4771_120566.shtml
Je t'en laisse une copie ci-dessous...
Bonne journée et à
La Louvière - Pour les identifier s'ils se perdent
Passeport pour les enfants
27 juin 2003 - Le Soir
L'inquiétude est to
Gratuit, ce passeport sera distribué chaque mercredi, à partir du 2 juillet, de 14 à 17h. Les parents, souhaitant en bénéficier, peuvent se présenter avec l'enfant et une photo récente, dans leur commissariat de quartier. Pour rappel, La Louvière est divisée en quatre secteurs : ouest (064/23.21.30), nord (064/23.21.10), sud (064/23.21.50.) et centre (064/23.20.20). Au dos du passeport figurent le numéro d'urgence (101) et celui de Child Focus (110). Nous espérons que notre opération sera relayée dans d'autres lieux afin qu'un jour, Child Focus coordonne l'ensemble de l'opération, conclut le commissaire Demol.
Voici un article de plus prouvant que le DARPA, un organisme de défense (donc, militaire) possède les moyens de créer une race d'hommes-machines (=cyborgs), avec la possibilité de les dominer totalement. Ces humains, cela peut être vous, moi ou...vos enfants !
Tout ceci dans le cadre de l'ignoble et répugnant brain machine interface program, bien entendu... Un programme qui veut nous supprimer tout contrôle sur nous-même, supprimer notre libre arbitre et nous contrôler complètement !
George Orwell n'aurait pas pu
imaginer pire situation...
Article anglais reproduit ci-bas au cas où il disparaîtrait...
Human Assisted Neural Devices
Program Manager: Dr. Eric Eisenstadt
The Human Assisted Neural Devices Program represents a major DSO thrust area that will comprise a multidisciplinary, multipronged approach with far reaching impact. The program will create new technologies for augmenting human performance through the ability to noninvasively access codes in the brain in real time and integrate them into peripheral device or system operations. Focus will be on the following areas:
1. Extraction of neural and force dynamic codes related to patterns of motor or sensory activity required for executing simple to complex motor or sensory activity (e.g., reaching, grasping, manipulating, running, walking, kicking, digging, hearing, seeing, tactile). This will require the exploitation of new interfaces and algorithms for providing useful nonlinear transformation, pattern extraction techniques, and the ability to test these in appropriate models or systems.
2. Determination of necessary force and sensory feedback (positional, postural, visual, acoustic, or other) from a peripheral device or interface that will provide critical inputs required for closed loop control of a working device (robotic appendage or other peripheral control device or system).
3. New methods, processes, and instrumentation for accessing neural codes noninvasively at appropriate spatiotemporal resolution to provide closed loop control of a peripheral device. This could include both fundamental interactions of neural cells, tissue, and brain with energy profiles that could provide noninvasive access to codes (magnetics, light, or other).
4. New materials and device design and fabrication methods that embody compliance and elastic principles, and that capture force dynamics that integrate with neural control commands. These include the use of dynamic materials and designs into working prototypes.
5. Demonstrations of plasticity from the neural system and from an integrated working device or system that result in real time control under relevant conditions of force perturbation and cluttered sensory environments from which tasks must be performed (e.g., recognizing and picking up a target and manipulating it).
6. Biomimetic implementation
of controllers (with robotics or other devices and systems) that
integrate neural sensory or motor control integrated with force
dynamic and sensory feedback from a working device or system.
The first phase of the program may include dynamic control of
simple and complex motor or sensory activity directly using neural
codes integrated into a machine, device, or system. Simple actions
considered include using a robotic arm or leg to sense a target,
reach for it and manipulate it, throw or kick an object at a
target, or recognize a sensory input and responding to it (visual,
acoustic) directly through input/output brain integration. More
complex activity may include issues related to force or sensory
perturbation in more complex environments
Une puce sur chaque chien dès 2006
23 juin 2004
Voici un article qui nous montre encore une fois comment "on" parviendra à faire passer pour "bénéfiques", sinon utiles, des technologies absolument répugnantes et dangereuses pour les libertés comme pour les individus !
POURQUOI ET COMMENT PISTER VOS ENFANTS : l'article suivant résume à peu près toutes les technologies disponibles (y compris bien entendu l'immonde verichip, la micro-puce sous-cutanée pour humains), en jouant sur la corde sensible de parents (trop ?) attentionnés. C'est à en avoir la nausée...
La fin de l'article, tout particulièrement,
But before I discuss physical
tracking, I should mention that there are several ways to track
children on the Internet. Products like IamBigBrother, SpyAgent
and eBlaster monitor various levels of activity and generate
reports and alerts. There is even a product called Xanovia that
allows you to view and block what is coming in or going out over
the Web cameras in your house.
It is endorsed by the Lost Children's Network and Parenting Magazine. For those with aging parents, it also can be used by Alzheimer's patients.
Preteens and Teens
More appropriate for older children,
one of the easiest ways to track a child is through a GPS-enabled
phone. By using a product like AccuTracking, a child who has
the related phone can be located on a Web page and tracked.
Granted, this technology trac life.
The devices have several other security features, including door unlock, starter interrupt and low battery notification. Some good news about this somewhat costly technology is that you might actually get a discount from your insurance provider if you get one of these things.
Another similar product from MicroTRAKgps.com will do all of the above plus will honk the horn on command, which is really helpful when you want to locate your car in a large parking lot or just startle the heck out of someone standing near your car.
Chipping the Child
Something we do to locate our own lost pets is place a passive microchip under their skin so they can be scanned if they find their way into an animal control facility. A similar technology has been created to address parental concerns about kidnapping. Called the VeriChip, it arrived with significant controversy.
It uses a passive technology with limited range. Basically, the child would need to be scanned with a hand- ainful than losing a child. We unfortunately live in a hostile world, and it sometimes is a comfort to know that there are technologies available that can make it a little less hostile for the most vulnerable of us.
Voici un article concernant la nouvelle carte d'identité du Royaume-Uni, que l'infâme Blunkett souhaite imposer à son peuple ! Puisse son âme croupir en enfer, et son nom figurer dans les chiottes de l'histoire ! 60 MILLIONS de personnes sont concernées, ALORS MEME QUE LA PLUPART D'ENTRE ELLES REFUSENT CETTE CARTE D'IDENTITE ! Et, ô surprise, "la biométrie sera une clé au registre national d'identité" ! Quel "malheureux hasard", ne trouvez-vous pas ? Le tout sous les faux prétextes habituels de "lutte contre le terrorisme" ! Un schéma que nous commençons à connaître que trop bien...
L'article en anglais ci-dessous... Un grand merci à Marc pour l'information !
Bonne journée à tous et à plus tard,
Le Royaume-Uni joint la danse des puces...
L'Autralie emboîte le pas...
la danse des puces ne fait que commencer... sur votre dos.
Melbourne Age | July 10 2004
Imagine a world where the government knows how and where you travel, what your spending habits are, your medical history and your daily habits.
Then imagine all this information and more can also be accessed by corrupt officials, staff from the private company handling the technology and, in extreme cases, criminals.
Griffith University Law School Associate Professor Justin Malbon warns that the Queensland government's decision to implement a smart card driver's licence in 2006 would eventually lead to all of the above ... and more.
And he also cautioned people outside Queensland against complacency, because while the absence of an Upper House in the Sunshine State made it an ideal trailblazer, the other states have already signalled their intention to fall in line.
"The longer term fear of this is that it will gradually shift the relationship between the government and the people," Prof Malbon warned.
He said the concept was a threat to the democratic process and, depending on which government came to power, had the potential to erase individual rights.
Prof Malbon said a public debate on the issue is planned at the Queensland College of the Arts at South Bank (near Brisbane's city centre) on Tuesday.
He said both sides of the argument would be represented - the speakers include Transport Minister Paul Lucas, Independent MP Liz Cunningham, Queensland Council of Civil Liberties president Ian Deardon and Alex Scott from the Queensland Public Sector Union.
Although touted simply as a innovative new driver's licence scheme, Prof Malbon said the smart card chip had room for far more information than could possibly be used for license details.
He said what was known as "function creep" would mean that more and more information would be gradually added to the card under the guise of user convenience, including public transport ticketing, health, banking services and even bill payment.
While some of it would be voluntary, including adding credit card facilities, other developments would be compulsory, he said.
A consultation paper on the smart card driver's licence released by the state government claims the new technology would protect Queenslanders from identity fraud and licence tampering.
But Prof Malbon said it would have the opposite effect, leaving the average person wide open to hackers and even corrupt officials willing to cash in on the information trade.
"It makes it easier for fraudsters because you've conveniently put all this huge amount of information about you on one little chip that you have to carry around with you," he said.
Prof Malbon said the concept was similar to the Australia Card, which was howled down by the Australian public when it was first mooted in 1986 - but the technology was now far more intrusive and advanced.
He said the smart card, which could hold reams of encrypted private and personal information that cannot be read by the card's holder, could also eventually lead to people being blacklisted by government or private officials without their knowledge.
Currently there are only eight countries in the world that use a smartcard licence system: Argentina, China, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Malaysia and Mexico.
"And none of these countries are particularly well known for there democratic tendencies," Prof Malbon said.
Queensland Premier Peter Beattie insisted that while he always encouraged debate, the smart card was not a Big Brother tactic to destroy democracy.
"We're not going to force anyone to do anything, but smart cards are the way of the future and there are people at the QUT (Queensland University of Technology) and other universities that have been strong advocates of them for some time," he said.
Mr Beattie said anyone who opposed the smart card was condemning the use of ATMs and ATM cards - because that's how the average person would use them.
He said as for people being blacklisted, freedom of information laws would still apply allowing anyone to access their own information.
"You should be afraid of the smart card like you should be afraid of the Easter Bunny," Mr Beattie added.