This summer, hackers from around the world
will track the movements of thousands of visitors to New York City.
As part of a social experiment, attendees at a hacker conference in July
will be issued badges with electronic tracking devices. Large displays
will show in real-time where people go, with whom they associate, for how
long and how often.
The tracking technology, known as RFID, is fast becoming an unseen part of
everyday life. This July, for the very first time, the general public will
be able to participate in the transparent operation of a major RFID
Conference attendees will participate in games built around the tracking
system. Players will seek ways to protect their privacy, find
vulnerabilities in the tracking system, employ data mining techniques to
learn more about other participants, and choose how much personal
information they will disclose in order to play.
This demonstration will be open to the public at The Last HOPE conference
from July 18-20 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. The first 1500
preregistrants will be guaranteed an RFID badge enabling them to
participate in the game. More information and preregistration is available