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

MasterClass on Interviews

I met with six undergraduate scholarship students at ASU today, focused on presenting a masterclass on interviews. Our brainstorming led us to consider the questions we need to think about when preparing to conduct an interview with a given stakeholder, toward exploratory research.

I used examples from decades of interview practice, some of which I have been able to post here: www.katinamichael.com/interviews

Collectively, the students and I had a discussion along key areas of interviews, as shown in the whiteboard brainstorming session above. We also managed to do a mock interview on tattooing (interviewer and tattoo business owner) in preparation for one of the student’s projects. We all agreed that doing a mock interview could be harder than participating in the real thing. We also noted, that one can learn from each interview, and after doing the first five or six, the skills required to elicit responses to questions would be enhanced.



Interview Research - Research Methods Guide: https://guides.lib.vt.edu/researchmethods/interviews

Powerpoint on Overview of Interviews: https://www.public.asu.edu/~kroel/www500/Interview%20Fri.pdf

Qualitative Research Method - Interviews and Observations: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4194943/

Interviewing as a Data Collection Method- A Critical Review: http://www.sciedu.ca/journal/index.php/elr/article/download/4081/2608

Interview Methodology and Questions: An Example: http://www.ipfcc.org/bestpractices/interview-method.pdf

The Walking Interview: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0143622810001141

Semi-structured Interviews: http://designresearchtechniques.com/casestudies/semi-structured-interviews/