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.
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.