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The Internet of Things

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‘A Paper prepared for the International Telecommunication Union’s Workshop on Ubiquitous Network Societies in 2005 acknowledged that we were facing a future where “tiny devices the size of a grain of sand might give the wind a pair of eyes, or fingerprint-activated doorknobs may recognize owners by a simple touch”.

‘Now global surveillance of citizens is announced with pride and accepted without question. This is the age of the ‘Internet of things’ – everything is to be woven into the Web. Companies like IBM are busily creating ‘smartworld’ where the Internet becomes the system of systems, linking all devices, people, and even nature.

‘Everything we buy from the shops, even our food, will one day incorporate smart tags. This practice is on the increase, facilitating what is known in the industry as ‘asset tracking’, and is being taken up more and more to enable tracking and tracing of…

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