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Article Recommendation: E-Passports

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I just finished reading one of the best articles to cover the E-Passport topic and wanted to share the link with you. I highly recommend you go read it so that you'll have the knowledge in mind when you go get yours. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Here's a teaser...
E-Passport: Doorway to the Panopticon
by Scarmig
November 21, 2006
panopticon - a circular prison with cells distributed around a central surveillance station; proposed by Jeremy Bentham in 1791 (  
Part I
Several years ago word got round that the US government was going to put an RFID chip into a passport.  Privacy advocates rallied and ranted about the insecurity of the technology, the lack of standards, the foibles of technological advance, and the massive infrastructure expenses required to build a system to support an RFID passport, and pronounced the idea Dead On Arrival.  Congratulations are due to those intrepid folks, because their voices were heard, their concerns noted, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) returned to the drawing board and has now issued specifications for an RFID-enabled biometric passport that focuses on the technical concerns and addresses them quite handily.  The concept remains intact and is now much stronger for the technical tests it was subjected to, rather than weaker for its violations of human rights principles.  I found myself with the opportunity to dig deep into the issue directly from the horse's mouth, so to speak, and if you're interested, I'll tell you all about it.
You can continue with this article by clicking here. Again, I highly recommend it.


Anonymous lewlew said...

Hi Don-- aren't these pieces informative? Claire started posting them on Monday. Here's today's post here.

Scarmig offered them to STR first; they sat on it for a while, so he in turn offered them to Claire to post. After she started posting them one at a time, they put the whole series on their website.

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