[FoRK] moar change we can believe in!

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Sat Sep 12 15:21:21 PDT 2009

Cities across the world are about to enter the next phase of their
development. A near invisible network of radio frequency
identification tags (RFID) is being deployed on almost every type of
consumer item. These tiny, traceable chips, which can be scanned
wirelessly, are being produced in their billions and are capable of
being connected to the internet in an instant. This so-called ‘Ambient
intelligence’ promises to createa global network of physical objects
every bit as pervasive and ubiquitous as the worldwide web itself.


Some are already calling this controversial network the ‘internet of
things’, describing it as either the ultimate convenience in
supply-chain management, or the ultimate tool in our future
surveillance. This network has the power to reshape our cities and yet
it is being built with little public knowledge of consent.Here Rob van
Kranenburg examines what impact RFID, and other systems, will have on
our cities and our widersociety; while also ruminating on what
alternative network technologies could help safeguard our privacyand
empower citizens to take power back into their own hands.

Thoughts on the idea?  What's meaningful about it?

One thing that's heavy is internet-connected measurement devices
reporting weather, traffic speed, airborn chemicals.

On Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 3:08 PM, rob van kranenburg
<kranenbuster at gmail.com> wrote:
> "Potential aggression and economic progress are mutually exclusive. Which is
> why we are well advised to take a general farewell of America. This will be
> painful, for the USA was once the most vital market economy in the world.
> But for now, it’s time to say goodbye."
> says private banker Wegelin & Co
> http://www.theinternetofthings.eu/content/shifting-power
> On Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 11:22 PM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
>> Hahahahaha!
>> Sure, we've always been at war with Oceania bin Laden.
>> http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Notice-of-continuation-from-the-President-regarding-the-emergency-declared-with-respect-to-the-September-11-2001-terrorist-attacks/
>> Office of the Press Secretary
>> ___________________________________________________________________________
>> For Immediate Release
>> September 10, 2009
>> - - - - - - -
>> Consistent with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C.
>> 1622(d), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared on
>> September 14, 2001, in Proclamation 7463, with respect to the terrorist
>> attacks of September 11, 2001, and the continuing and immediate threat of
>> further attacks on the United States.
>> Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on
>> September 14, 2001, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that
>> emergency, must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2009. Therefore, I
>> am continuing in effect for an additional year the national emergency the
>> former President declared on September 14, 2001, with respect to the
>> terrorist threat.
>> This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to
>> the Congress.
>> September 10, 2009.
>> --
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