"...The $99 kit ships with the xNT capsule contained in a sterile syringe, so you can insert it yourself, or head to a piercing or body modification specialist to give you a hand. Dangerous Things even sells a special “pain management kit” if you’re not sure whether you’re tough enough to handle the procedure.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/soon-well-cyborgs-crowdfunded-xnt-biohacking-implant-ships-month/#ixzz2yXsnwaH2 
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"...Google Glass makes it easy for wearers to surreptitiously take pictures or video of unknowing subjects. That's caused more than a few people to ask: What does Glass mean for our privacy? Now Congress, too, wants answers."

"...Interview with Mitch Jackson - lots more on Mitch Jackson here - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MitchJackson/about "

"...I wouldn't be surprised if somewhere down the line this [ Google Glass ] will be the norm....or whatever the mobile technology is."  - 2 April 2014 9:24AM AEST

Mitch Jackson provides an account of how he perceives Google Glass playing out across the legal profession in his state and perhaps across the United States more broadly. Mitch also provides feedback on a range of far ranging questions that included:

1. Mitch, which part of the US do you call home?
2. In your email signature you identify as a trial lawyer with 28 years experience. How is it then that you have identified as a #glassexplorer  and what does that do for your credibility as a Lawyer?
3. There have been some very public events of late that expose both the good and the bad sides of #glass  - what do you consider is the difference?
4. Have you or do you envisage in the the near future dealing with cases that involve #glass  legally in any way?
5. Where dont you wear #glass  ?
6. What has your Family reaction been to #glass  ? Rotary ? your sports associations?
7. When you say your involved with social media and #googleglass   in your G+ profile do you see these as separate entities or mutually complementary?
8. #glass  is at this point still a relatively unknown phenomena here in Australasia. What do you consider will be the impact of #glass  more broadly on the professional communities across Australia?
9. Given that society has changed significantly since the inception of the Internet do you have any ideas on what likely changes might happen with the functions and form of #googleglass  in the next iterations before it's public release?
10. What is the likely shifts in law and governance that we are going to have to tackle as a Society and internationally or even perhaps across all of humanity as a result of #glass  ?

We're moving closer to the ultimate ID... it not only moves with you, but will be in you.

Thanks anthropunk!

Palo Alto police cruisers are now equipped with new video systems, including five cameras instead of a previous two. The above camera is on the exterior of a cruiser. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department. Source: http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2014/03/20/palo-alto-police-embrace-new-recording-technology

Palo Alto police cruisers are now equipped with new video systems, including five cameras instead of a previous two. The above camera is on the exterior of a cruiser. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department. Source: http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2014/03/20/palo-alto-police-embrace-new-recording-technology

Palo Alto police cruisers are now equipped with new video systems, including five cameras instead of a previous two. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.

Palo Alto police cruisers are now equipped with new video systems, including five cameras instead of a previous two. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.

"The Palo Alto Police Department has recently installed new video systems on dozens of cruisers, replacing the recording systems that were first installed on police vehicles in 2006. In addition to the usual enhancements one can expect with video upgrades -- high-definition video and high-fidelity audio -- the new recording systems have an additional feature: the ability to record and review what happened before an incident even occurs.

Unlike the previously used Mobile In-Car Video System, which included two cameras on the cruiser, the new systems include five. This means new cameras on the cruisers' sides and rearview mirrors, according a report from the police department.

"We've already had a few cases where actions of our officers that would not have been captured on the old system were completely captured on the new one, which allowed us to have a clear view of what went on," said Lt. Zach Perron, the department's public information manager. "That's exactly what we want to have."

The improvement in audio quality is also significant, he said. Audio recordings in the new systems have far more range and can work "through objects," Perron said."

Read more here.

Thanks for the link KMA.

If we think Street View is invasive, we ain't seen nothin' yet!

Imagine when Glass proliferates, and people begin to zoom in on other people, not just other houses!

Hard to believe that Alexander Hayes and I were at ISTAS13 with Steve Mann, Raymond Lo and the crew in June 2013 and had been working toward Veillance.Me conference for 18 months prior! One of the few times a socio-technical theme-based conference has pre-empted dialogue on what is allegedly going to be so prolific.

Photo: META (now)

Photo: META (now)

Photo: META (future vision)

Photo: META (future vision)


Iron-man style glass visualisations

Iron-man style glass visualisations

Real live-action video games could become more real with Meta.  Photo: META

Real live-action video games could become more real with Meta. Photo: META

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"...Although not a huge focus of #educon, documentation has been a highlight of my work this year as I explore ways to use Google Glass in the classroom. It seems that if we want to encourage wonder and focus on student interests, then we need to be constantly documenting the teaching and learning happening in our classrooms so we have material to review and reflect on. To be intentional in our teaching and help scaffold student inquiry, we need to act as researchers and reflective practitioners and to do that, we must start by documenting."

Read more on the #glassroom @ http://365daysofglass.com/


It is with great joy that MG and I write to let you know that the Uberveillance edited volume is finally in stores and available for purchase. We encourage you to ask your libraries to purchase the volume. Of significance are the coming together of well-known voices in the surveillance field to discuss the definition and impact of uberveillance, including Katherine Albrecht, Roger Clarke, Mark Gasson, Kevin Haggerty, Steve Mann, Ellen McGee, Kevin Warwick, Marcus Wigan and numerous authorities on the topic of microchipping people. This volume contains 17 book chapters, and 7 interviews and panel presentations as well as full referencing of source materials in some 500 pages.

"Uberveillance" edited volume by Michael and Michael (2014)

"Uberveillance" edited volume by Michael and Michael (2014)



PART A The Veillances

Chapter 1 Introduction: On the “Birth” of Uberveillance  (pages 1-31) M. G. Michael (University of Wollongong, Australia)

Chapter 2 Veillance: Beyond Surveillance, Dataveillance, Uberveillance, and the Hypocrisy of One-Sided Watching  (pages 32-45) Steve Mann (University of Toronto, Canada)

Chapter 3 Uberveillance: Where Wear and Educative Arrangement  (pages 46-62) Alexander Hayes (University of Wollongong, Australia)

PART B Applications of Humancentric Implantables

Chapter 4 Practical Experimentation with Human Implants  (pages 64-132) Kevin Warwick (University of Reading, UK), Mark N. Gasson (University of Reading, UK)

Chapter 5 Knowledge Recovery: Applications of Technology and Memory  (pages 133-142) Maria E. Burke (University of Salford, UK), Chris Speed (University of Edinburgh, UK)

PART C Adoption of RFID Implants for Humans

Chapter 6 Willingness to Adopt RFID Implants: Do Personality Factors Play a Role in the Acceptance of Uberveillance?  (pages 144-168) Christine Perakslis (Johnson and Wales University, USA)

Chapter 7 Surveilling the Elderly: Emerging Demographic Needs and Social Implications of RFID Chip Technology Use  (pages 169-185) Randy Basham (University of Texas – Arlington, USA)

PART D Tracking and Tracing Laws, Directives, Regulations, and Standards

Chapter 8 Towards the Blanket Coverage DNA Profiling and Sampling of Citizens in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland  (pages 187-207) Katina Michael (University of Wollongong, Australia)

Chapter 9 ID Scanners and Überveillance in the Night-Time Economy: Crime Prevention or Invasion of Privacy?  (pages 208-225) Darren Palmer (Deakin University, Australia), Ian Warren (Deakin University, Australia), Peter Miller (Deakin University, Australia)

Chapter 10 Global Tracking Systems in the Australian Interstate Trucking Industry  (pages 226-234) Jann Karp (C.C.C. Australia, Australia)

Chapter 11 Tracking Legislative Developments in Relation to “Do Not Track” Initiatives  (pages 235-259) Brigette Garbin (University of Queensland, Australia), Kelly Staunton (University of Queensland, Australia), Mark Burdon (University of Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 12 Uberveillance, Standards, and Anticipation: A Case Study on Nanobiosensors in U.S. Cattle  (pages 260-279) Kyle Powys Whyte (Michigan State University, USA), Monica List (Michigan State University, USA), John V. Stone (Michigan State University, USA), Daniel Grooms (Michigan State University, USA), Stephen Gasteyer (Michigan State University, USA), Paul B. Thompson (Michigan State University, USA), Lawrence Busch (Michigan State University, USA), Daniel Buskirk (Michigan State University, USA), Erica Giorda (Michigan State University, USA), Hilda Bouri (Michigan State University, USA)

PART E Health Implications of Microchipping Living Things

Chapter 13 Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and Dogs: A Review of the Literature 1990–2006  (pages 281-317) Katherine Albrecht (CASPIAN Consumer Privacy, USA)

PART F Socio-Ethical Implications of RFID Tags and Transponders

Chapter 14 Privacy and Pervasive Surveillance: A Philosophical Analysis  (pages 319-350) Alan Rubel (University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA)

Chapter 15 Neuroethics and Implanted Brain Machine Interfaces  (pages 351-365) Ellen M. McGee (Independent Researcher, USA)

Chapter 16 We Are the Borg! Human Assimilation into Cellular Society  (pages 366-407) Ronnie D. Lipschutz (University of California - Santa Cruz, USA), Rebecca J. Hester (University of Texas Medical Branch, USA)

Chapter 17 Uberveillance and Faith-Based Organizations: A Renewed Moral Imperative  (pages 408-416) Marcus Wigan (Oxford Systematics, Australia & Edinburgh Napier University, UK)

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Compilation of References

About the Contributors



Roba Abbas, University of Wollongong, Australia

Greg Adamson, University of Melbourne, Australia

Katherine Albrecht, CASPIAN, USA

Anas Aloudat, University of Jordan, Jordan

Michael V. Arnold, University of Melbourne, Australia

Emilia Belleboni, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain

Rafael Capurro, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, USA

Kenneth Foster, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Amal Graafstra, Amal.net, USA

Mireille Hildebrandt, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Peter Hyland, University of Wollongong, Australia

Nicholas Huber, Accenture, Australia

Indrawati, Institut Manajemen Telkom, Indonesia

Eleni Kosta, K. U. Leuven, Belgium

Ronald Leenes, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Avner Levin, Ryerson University, Canada

Michael Loui, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, USA

Noëmi Manders-Huits, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Keith W. Miller, University of Missouri – St. Louis, USA

Lyria Bennett Moses, University of New South Wales, Australia

Christine Perakslis, Johnson and Wales University, USA

Laura Perusco, Macquarie Bank, UK

Kenneth Pimple, Indiana University – Bloomington, USA

Joseph Savirimuthu, University of Liverpool, UK

Alan D. Smith, Robert Morris University, USA

Charles Smith, Mesa State College Alumni, USA

Judith Symonds, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Samuel Fosso Wamba, Rouen Business School, France

John Weckert, Charles Sturt University, Australia



MLA Style

Michael, M.G. and Katina Michael. "Uberveillance and the Social Implications of Microchip Implants: Emerging Technologies." IGI Global, 2014. 1-509. Web. 24 Dec. 2013. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4582-0

APA Style

Michael, M., & Michael, K. (2014). Uberveillance and the Social Implications of Microchip Implants: Emerging Technologies (pp. 1-509). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4582-0

Chicago Style

Michael, M.G. and Katina Michael. "Uberveillance and the Social Implications of Microchip Implants: Emerging Technologies." 1-509 (2014), accessed December 24, 2013. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4582-0

What starts off as a bargain... takes about 4 weeks to turn yukky.

I've washed both pairs of my new Kathmandu slacks on several occasions now. I've loved wearing them, they're comfortable, and good quality... But it's taken me till now to figure out what that stiff 'cardboard' feeling thing was in the bottom side of my pocket. I first thought it was the Kathmandu label but as I put up my washing this afternoon and compared my black and gray slacks as I pegged them onto the line, I soon realised that 'it' wasn't in the pocket, nor was it a label- but something else in that extra sew-on attachment.

What gave it away? 

The black pants had a black extra sew-on attachment, while the gray pants had a white sew-on attachment and as the sun beamed I turned the clothes inside out.  The light of the sun revealed something else through the white fabric! And in the end had it not been for that, I would have been completely oblivious to the embedded tag.

Click through to see the discovery as it happened...

I have to say it is the first time that I've come across an item I've bought whose manufacturer has gone to such extraordinary lengths to embed a tag into the clothing. At first I thought, yeah, a lot of thieves would frequent Kathmandu for the quality clothing, and then when I came to my senses I realised this was not about theft or loss prevention but about consumer tracking!

Having recently re-opened Katherine Albrecht's and Liz McIntyre's Spychips bestseller, I soon put one and one together (see e.g. the Benetton and Gillette campaign)... this tag would potentially be used to understand repeat clientele back into Kathmandu retail stores!

shook my head stunned, thinking this was not right... I went to fetch my camera and scissors to cut open the sew-on attachment... and there, to my amazement, was the tag in full view. If that was not enough, the tag was stuck onto the fabric. I was reminded of a short 2 minute clip I had shown my students in IACT905 IT & Innovation @ UOW of Will Smith in the famous scene of Enemy of the State... tags in shoes, watches, pants, smart phone, you name it!

Enemy of the State (1998). Scene taken 57 min into film. 

Enemy of the State (1998). Scene taken 57 min into film. 

What have we become?! Tracking spychips... in slacks... chips in slacks...! How utterly abhorrent! I thought about my kids wearing Kathmandu as well- those tags must go! Check your clothes and cut the attachments off!

The last gallery image depicts me quite disturbed at this discovery... I added my face to my pants symbolically, using my new Samsung Galaxy 4 Android device! There are several reasons for this- but for the greater part, the tag in my slacks is linked to me forever because my name is now linked to those pants, as is my face, and my transaction history.

I wonder how soon all of this will sync up with the "anonymous" tracking of consumers at shopping malls! It seems only a matter of time that there will be a truly integrated effort to bring together CCTV, smartphones and RFID chips! 

The elevator scene in  Enemy of the State  (1998) between Will Smith and Gene Hackman.

The elevator scene in Enemy of the State (1998) between Will Smith and Gene Hackman.

The elevator scene in  Enemy of the State  (1998) between Will Smith and Gene Hackman.

The elevator scene in Enemy of the State (1998) between Will Smith and Gene Hackman.

The elevator scene in  Enemy of the State  (1998) between Will Smith and Gene Hackman.

The elevator scene in Enemy of the State (1998) between Will Smith and Gene Hackman.

This is a poem I delivered at the final session of the final day of the IEEE ISTAS13 conference. The poem is titled Veillance.me and it was meant to be delivered on the first morning of the conference in order to set a backdrop and tone for the program at large. Instead it became the closing summary of the event on the 29th June 2013.

The poem was written on the 24th of June on a flight that was delayed from Ottawa to Washington Dulles Airport. A culmination of 9 months of planning and preparation that required corresponding with over 150 authors and delegates of the conference in 15 countries.

My thanks to all those who shared their ideas, their research, and their uncertainty for the times ahead. ISTAS13 had something for everyone- it was a complete success- highlighting both positive and negative implications of emerging technologies such as wearable computing.

One thing for certain, we all left with the knowledge that we have a lot of work to do to contribute our ideas in the coming decade. 

DroneJournalism.org media statement re: UAVs Pros-Cons Event

To a great extent, the quality of a democracy is determined by the quality of information available to the public. DroneJournalism.org was founded in 2011 to help equip journalists with an innovative new technology to provide that information: small, unmanned aircraft.
We are an organization of journalists, engineers, and unmanned systems operators dedicated to establishing the technical and ethical framework to deploy unmanned systems for reporting (i.e. “drone journalism”).
DroneJournalism.org supports debate and thoughtful consideration of these powerful tools, with attention paid not solely to the reasonable limits of the technology, but also to the great potential for “drones” to provide perspective and hard data to essential investigations.
The UAVs Pros-Cons Symposium provides a platform for an important debate around a disruptive technology. Matthew Schroyer, founder of DroneJournalism.org, will contribute perspectives on journalism, ethics, data-gathering, and science education for the UAVs Pros-Cons Symposium.

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Media Statement

Drones have great potential, and some of their promise is already being realised.  But APF is seriously concerned that the enthusiasm for surveillance drones will cause serious harm in a wide variety of ways.

Each organisation that develops, promotes and applies drones must recognise their ethical obligations and the scope for harm both to people, and to the organisation's ROI.  In concrete terms, that requires early engagement with relevant civil society organisations, and a privacy impact assessment (PIA) process for each particular application.

APF looks forward to engagement with relevant organisations, both generally, and in the context of a similar event that it is understood will be run in Australia in November 2013.

Roger Clarke, Chair, Australian Privacy Foundation

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