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“Wearable Tracking Tags Test Privacy Boundaries at the U. of Washington” (Chronicle of Higher Education)

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“It’s 2 a.m. Do you know where Evan Welbourne is? …

“While RFID isn’t a household word, the technology behind it has long been a part of the lives of just about every American …

“Now, because the tags can emit individual codes, companies are using them to track specific inventory items, credit cards, and ID badges. Conceivably, sensors could follow people throughout their daily lives.

“But who should track whom? Where, when, and how? And what effect will this constant shadowing have on the trackers and the trackees?

“To get answers, the University of Washington developed the RFID Ecosystem. It is an attempt to ‘create a future world where RFID’s are everywhere,’ says Gaetano Borriello, a professor of computer science. At the moment, 140 antennas that pick up signals and 35 RFID readers that interpret data are monitoring five of the six floors in the university’s Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering.”

A description of UW CSE’s RFID Ecosystem project.

February 1, 2008