by Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D. and Liz McIntyre
RFID, which stands for Radio Frequency IDentification, is a technology that uses computer chips smaller than a grain of sand to track items from a distance. And as this mind-blowing book explains, plans and efforts are being made now by global corporations and the U.S government to turn this advanced technology, these spychips, into a way to track our daily activities-and keep us all on Big Brother’s short leash. Compiling massive amounts of research with firsthand knowledge, Spychips explains RFID technology and reveals the history and future of the master planners’ strategies to imbed these trackers on everything-from postage stamps to shoes to people themselves-and spy on Americans without our knowledge or consent. It also urgently encourages consumers to take action now-to protect their privacy and civil liberties before it’s too late.
This is the first, and maybe the loudest, popular book on a crucial technology of our times…all of it is fascinating, some is gross and revolting, and most of it is hilarious… this is a masterpiece of technocriticism.
— From the foreword by Bruce Sterling, best-selling author and tech commentator
Spychips “make[s] a stunningly powerful argument against plans for RFID being mapped out by government agencies, retail and manufacturing companies.”
— Evan Schuman, CIO Insight
Spychips is one of the best privacy books in many years….The privacy movement needs a book. I nominate Spychips.
— Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)