Debunked: Australia Becomes First Country To Begin Microchipping Its Public

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Summary: No, Australia is not microchipping its citizens. An Australian woman has voluntarily had microchips implanted under her skin and has been promoting her company which offers microchip implants, again voluntarily.


A story on NaturalNews claims that Australia "has become the first country to microchip its citizens".

Organic & Healthy reports that the land Down Under has become the first nation to begin microchipping its citizens, though NBC News predicted some years ago that, by 2017, Americans would all be microchipped.

Australia's drive to implant citizens with what many believe is the Biblical "mark of the beast" is "a clever propaganda campaign that equates RFID microchipping with becoming superhuman, and people are begging for it," News.com.au noted.
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(Note, the quotes attributed to News.com.au do not appear to be present in the linked article.)


The story is lifted from an article on Organic & Healthy, which spins a story about a "biohacker" and futurist called Shanti Korporaal, who has voluntarily had microchips implanted under her skin so that she can unlock her office and car, for instance. Korporaal is now offering the microchipping service, again on an entirely voluntary, paid-for basis, to the public:

In fact, the 27-year-old has noticed a business opportunity and set up a distribution service called Chip My Life with her husband, Skeeve Stevens where for just $80 to $140, people can become so called "super humans."
On the same day this news story broke, Shanti appeared at Austarlia's launch of the much anticipated cyborg themed video game Deus Ex Mankind Divided, alongside American implantable technology pioneer Amal Graafstra.
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The timing of this "news story" with the video game promotion leads me to suspect that the whole thing is primarily a publicity stunt.

The Washington Post ran a less scaremongering version of the same story in August this year:


“Phone, keys, wallet.”

It’s a mantra repeated by commuters the world over. Not so for futurist and entrepreneur Shanti Korporaal. Hers is different, something like “phone, hand, other hand.” The 27-year-old Australian beat the system — no more self pat-downs and misplaced keys — with two jabs of a needle. The twin microchips implanted in the webbing of her left and right hands are keys and wallet, compressed into glass capsules the size of rice grains. (She’ll have to wait a little longer to embed a wee smartphone.)

“I grew up watching ‘Star Wars,’” Korporaal told The Washington Post by phone early Friday morning. The mystical powers of the Force made a lasting impression. Now, like a Jedi, she has the power to wave through doors that we muggles would need to open by key fob.

To those of us who do not have microchips under our skin, such technological conveniences may seem alien or at least a little perplexing. To the small but growing community called biohackers — which has existed, in some form, since the ’80s — it is simply another step in the very long history of human self-improvement.
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