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11/21/2005 Archived Entry: "Wrap your stinking badge in tinfoil"

Bravo Richard Stallman! Invited as a keynote speaker to the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Stallman caused a flap by wrapping his RFID-equipped badge in aluminum foil. Perhaps it was his generously offering aluminum foil to other attendees that caused UN security to confine him to a room. As Bruce Perens describes it, " This...is a legitimate gripe, handled with Richard's usual highly-visible, guile-less and absolutely un-subtle style of non-violent protest."

Long-time McBlog readers may recall the flap two years ago when RFID badges were used at WSIS. The UN promised not to use RFID badges again. Well, now you know what their promises are worth...or the promises of RFID proponents everywhere.  —brad

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