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Tuesday, July 13, 2004


It's Noon...

...do you know where you students are? It looks like the answer will be yes for at least some Japanese schools:

Japan: Schoolkids to be tagged with RFID chips

By Jo Best, Special to CNETAsia

Japanese authorities decide tracking is best way to protect kids
The rights and wrongs of RFID-chipping human beings have been debated since the tracking tags reached the technological mainstream. Now, school authorities in the Japanese city of Osaka have decided the benefits outweigh the disadvantages and will now be chipping children in one primary school.
I realize that I can be tracked by Easy-Pass on various toll-roads, by my cell phone (whenever it's on) and maybe even by my fillings...and I suppose this is just one more step in the direction of some crazy Orwellian world.

I guess the thing that bothers me most about this particular story is that it's being used on kids. Sure, there are plenty of advantages...but these kids are also being trained to understand that it's ok for someone (e.g., Big Brother) to know where you are at all times. With personal freedom come some risk. And with 'certain' safety comes a huge loss of personal freedom. I am afraid to think where this will (or, more
realistically, where this will not) stop.


Two more stories along these lines (both via Drudge):

Tennessee May Use GPS on Parolees

Mexican Attorney general has microchip fitted


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