2600 Magazine presents The Next HOPE, the eighth conference in the 16 year history of the Hackers On Planet Earth series. It will happen at the Hotel Pennsylvania in the middle of New York City from July 16-18, 2010, and will be the largest creative technology conference on the U.S. East Coast.

Personal privacy will be the focus of a key project at The Next HOPE, when hackers unveil the next generation of a technology that could send privacy advocates into panic mode, and enforcer-types into nirvana.

[press release]

[click here to view or download this video in high definition]

Conference attendees will see first hand where human tracking by commercial and government interests may be headed when they are offered an active RFID conference badge.

Participation in RFID tracking is completely voluntary. If you wish, you can request an electronics-free “unpopulated” badge at registration, or simply remove the battery from your “populated” RFID badge at any time. There will be a limited number of the full-featured badges, so register early to be guaranteed to receive one.

RFID devices are increasingly being embedded into new clothing, handbags, footwear, mobile phones, credit cards, passports, and even tires. Some say this technology is only for “inventory control” and “security” –but The Next HOPE will give you an opportunity to decide for yourself, as you play with uses, abuses, and countermeasures in the OpenAMD system.

OpenAMD will also show the promise and the dark side of familiar social media sites and how they fit into theme of personal privacy when combined with other database and tracking technologies.

The entire project is Open Source, and developers worldwide are invited to create their own apps before and during the conference with the newly released Public API. The possibilities are endless, and all attendees will be part of the fun in this hacker version of massive scale installation art.

For more information, including API documentation, visit http://amd.hope.net or contact the OpenAMD team via amd@hope.net

Bookmark and Share