Microchipping Employees: Why or Why Not?

Microchipping Employees: Why or Why Not?

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Facilitator: SFIS Professor Katina Michael

Description: Recently companies internationally are considering implanting their employees with microchips to improve security which has naturally raised some public concerns about the risks, barriers and future uses of micro-chipping. Could companies sell employees' personal data to third parties? Could employers know if staff contacted a competitor about a job? Join us for an informal conversation to tease out the main issues that we see from an STS lens on implanting employees in the workplace.

Readings for Discussion: Christine Perakslis, Katina Michael, M. G. Michael, Robert Gable, "Perceived barriers for implanting microchips in humans", 2014 IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century (21CW), Date of Conference: 24-26 June 2014, Date Added to IEEE Xplore: 08 September 2014. DOI: 10.1109/NORBERT.2014.6893929

"Microchipping Employees and Potential Workplace Surveillance"

"A Wisconsin company offers to implant remote-control microchips in its employees" (2018)

Interview with Gary Retherford of CityWatcher.com (2009)

http://www.securitysystemsnews.com/article/security-company-gets-under-skin-embedded-access-chips (2006)

Bio: Katina Michael has been studying embedded technologies in humans for over 20 years. She has a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Computing, Informatics and Decisions Systems Engineering. Katina is the founding editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society. Find out more at www.katinamichael.com