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Hacker confab 'Last HOPE' to track attendees with RFID

Attendees at hacker conference to have RFID-embedded badges that track their movements in game and public test of the system.

People attending the Last HOPE hacker conference in New York City this July will be getting more than just an agenda and badge when they check in.

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The badges will have electronic tracking devices, using radio frequency identification technology, that will be tracking their movements throughout the three-day event.

Conference attendees can then participate in games created around the tracking system, such as by trying to protect their privacy, finding vulnerabilities in the system, and employing data mining techniques to learn more about other participants.

Large monitors at the show will display in real-time the activities of the badge carriers in what the conference organizers say will be the first time the general public "will be able to participate in the transparent operation of a major RFID tracking program."

This demonstration will be open to the public at The Last HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) conference from July 18 to 20 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.