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LaborTech 2004: Spying and Surveillance in the workplace
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Thursday Apr 8th, 2004 11:26 PM
On April 3rd, three panelists spoke at LaborTech 2004 in Palo Alto on the topic of "Spying and Surveillance", including such relatively under-reported issues as RFID technology.
"Spying and Surveillance, And How to Defend Our Privacy"

The role of the Internet and media monopolies is not only to own these tools, but also to use them to control us. And increased surveillance of workers is being justified in the name of "Homeland Security". It is time to learn how we can defend our privacy in the workplace.

Deborah Pierce, Executive Director of Privacy Activism, discusses background checks & data aggregators.
§Nancy Bupp on workplace privacy
by ∓ Thursday Apr 8th, 2004 11:26 PM
Nancy Bupp, IAM Education Department, talks about workers' privacy rights (or the lack thereof).
§Edward Hasbrouck on RFID
by ∓ Thursday Apr 8th, 2004 11:26 PM
Edward Hasbrouck, National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981), on emerging RFID technology being implemented now by Homeland Security.

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Friday Apr 9th, 2004 9:57 PM
As they said on the cover of MIT Journal of Technology- the Big Brother State is Coming and We are buying it!
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Posted By: Spectator <Send E-Mail>
Date: Tuesday, 6 April 2004, 7:32 p.m.


I have read about many fronts opened for to impose microchipping on people. First all starts with proposals to implant people that were forced to obey orders ( Proposed microchipping on US military ) or depend on the state institutions ( proposal for implant all the homeless ) even proposals for implant elderly people

As a sign of things to come, in March, 18th: Here, in Barcelona we had another front open: the recreational front, as an attempt to make “fashionable” the implant.

The Baja Beach Club disco/bar ( in the Olympic port, a great night
recreational area ) will be the first disco/bar in Spain that will implant
on his/her clients an injectable subcutaneous transponder that will give
them free acces without documentation, pay the consumitions and have access
to the VIP room.

The inauguration of the method was presented by some famous people that
were "microchipped". That was shown in TV programs and shows.

Even more ominous were the declarations of the disco/bar owners, "The
chip will prevail in the future, because in those times the people will use
it as cash, obviating the need of a credit card." I think that the first
stage of "microchipping" of people has reached our country; that is being
launched to appeal to young people in first place.

Conrad Chase, The director of the Baja beach Disco-Bars ( There are more Baja Beach Discos in other countries, Nederland, as an example ) is the responsible of the Verichip injection for his clients. He explained that a simple injection will implant this chip. This implant will be used for to charge money or automatically open the doors. “When the client is entering into the discotheque we will know who is and what is his/her account status.”
The injection will cost $ 153.
also see
for various commentary, not all too warm fuzzy- like about using RFID to better serve the homeless (no chip no eat?)
by skeptic
Saturday Apr 10th, 2004 7:49 AM
It is being posted here to discredit Indymedia as a news source, and at similar sites for the same reason.

For *real* news about RFIDs, read the trade press, especially RFID Journal.

RFID Journal is the real deal. See for yourself: