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Bruce A. Arrigo and Brian G. Sellers

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529205251

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529205251.001.0001

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Global Surveillance: The Emerging Role of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology

Global Surveillance: The Emerging Role of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology

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(p.455) 20 Global Surveillance: The Emerging Role of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology
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The Pre-Crime Society
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Brian G. Sellers

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529205251.003.0021

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), which uses electromagnetic radio waves to automatically identify people, animals, or objects, has become perhaps the most pervasive computing technology in history. First, this chapter provides an historical overview of the literature pertaining to the emergence of RFID and its evolving system components. Secondly, the chapter examines RFID’s numerous practical applications as a mechanism for global surveillance in the Internet of Things (IoT). Next, the chapter undertakes a theoretical analysis of the significance RFID technology plays in the globalization of surveillance. RFID, as an emerging crime control technology, is geared towards global post-panoptic surveillance, panoptic social sorting, the responsibilization of citizens, and new forms of “people-making” culture in coordination with the aims of the global pre-crime society. Lastly, the chapter concludes with a critique related to the liberty, privacy, and citizenship concerns of RFID implementation and human chipping.

Keywords:   RFID, Internet of Things, surveillance, post-panopticism, responsibilization

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