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Hasbrouck on RFID Passports

In his closing CFP keynote, Bill Scannell of asked for voice votes by the audience on whether a series of government measures including the use of secretly and remotely-readable RFID chips in passports were stupid or evil. “Both” seemed to be the predominant response. I and some others (including Ryan Singel of Wired News and Kevin Bankston of EFF have framed the question a little more harshly: are the architects of the travel panopticon incompetent, or are they lying?

So writes Ed Hasbrouck in “RFID Passports at CFP.” Go read it, unless you love Big Brother, and don’t want to hear any thoughtcrime.