RFID Privacy Workshop @ MIT: November 15, 2003

Sponsored in part by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT Media Lab, and RSA Laboratories

RFID Privacy Workshop @ MIT
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8:30   Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00   [webcast archive of session]
Simson L. Garfinkel, MIT CSAIL
  [IBM Video]

Morning Keynotes
RFID Technology and Applications
Mario Rivas, Executive Vice President, Philips Semiconductors
   Slides: [ppt] [pdf]
   Movies: [mpg]

RFID: Privacy and Societal Implications
Katherine Albrecht, CASPIAN
   Slides: [ppt] [pdf]

Invited Talk
Physics of RFID
Matt Reynolds, ThingMagic
   Slides: [ppt] [pdf]

Panel Discussion
Rivas, Albrecht and Reynolds
Moderator: Henry Holtzman, MIT Media Lab
11:00   Break
11:30   [webcast archive of session]
Session One: Paper Presentations
Privacy and Security in the EPC Network
Ravi Pappu, ThingMagic
   Slides: [pdf]

RFID Tags: Privacy and Security without Cryptography
Ari Juels, RSA Laboratories
   Slides: [ppt] [pdf]

Enhancing RFID Privacy through Antenna Energy Analysis
Kenneth P. Fishkin, Intel and Sumit Roy, University of Washington
   Paper: [pdf]
   Slides: [ppt] [pdf]

Demonstration Videos
Dan White, NCR
   Slides: [ppt] [pdf]
12:30   Lunch
1:30   [webcast archive of session]
Afternoon Keynote
Mistakes Were Made: RFID and the Press
Peter de Jager, Columnist, Computerworld Canada, Globe and Mail online
2:00   [webcast archive of session]
Session Two: Paper Presentations Continued
Would Macy's Scan Gimbel's? Competitive Intelligence and RFID
Ross Stapleton-Gray, Stapleton-Gray & Associates
   Paper: [pdf]
   Slides: [ppt] [pdf]
   Longer Paper: [pdf]

Employee Monitoring Using RFID Technology
Richard Smith, Independent Security Consultant
   Slides: [html]

Cryptographic Approach to a Privacy Friendly Tag
Miyako Ohkubo, Koutarou Suzuki and Shingo Kinoshita, NTT Laboratories
   Paper: [pdf]
   Slides: [ppt] [pdf]
2:45   Break
3:15   [webcast archive of session]
Session Three: Paper Presentations Continued
Interaction of RFID Technology and Public Policy, Rakesh Kumar, Wipro Technologies
   Paper: [pdf]
   Slides: [ppt] [pdf]

RFID Privacy Using User-Controllable Uniqueness
Sozo Inoue and Hiroto Yasuura, Kyushu University
   Paper: [pdf]
   Slides: [ppt] [pdf]

RFID, Privacy and the Public Policy Void, Beth Givens, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
   Paper: [HTML]
   Slides: [ppt] [pdf]
4:00   [webcast archive of session]
Jerry Kang, Harvard Law School

RFID Town Meeting
Transcript, recorded by Simson Garfinkel
Questions and Statements from the Assemblage
Moderator: Steve Weis, MIT CSAIL
   Broader privacy issues, Yvo Desmedt
   Open Letter by Richard Fleming
   Statement by Richard Stallman
O v e r v i e w

Issues surrounding the use and deployment of RFID technology are quickly moving from business needs to the political. Technologists have created remote identification technology, but does the public want it? Last year, Benetton withdrew its plan to put RFID chips into some clothing after activists garnered international attention by pointing out that Benetton was about to deploy a technology without thinking through the privacy implications.

A lot is being said about RFID. Some of the criticism is dead-on target; other critique relies on scenarios that are technically impossible. Meanwhile, some complaints that appear to be focused on RFID are actually criticisms about other technologies and business practices—things that can be done with or without radio frequency identification systems.

The goal of the RFID Privacy Workshop is to bring together RFID technologists, boosters, critics, privacy advocates, and journalists covering the space to establish some technical truths and a framework for discussing the policy issues.

L o c a t i o n
Bartos Theatre
MIT Media Lab
Building E15, Lower Level
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts