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An international experts workshop on "ubiquitous network societies" is being planned for April 2005 in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information about the research project and workshop, please contact Ms. Lara Srivastava at <lara.srivastava(a)>.  


Related ITU Activities

(SPU) SPU NEWSLOG on "Mobile" and "Wireless Networks" and "Ubiquitous Networks"

(SPU) ITU Internet Report "The Portable Internet," September 2004
(SPU) ITU Internet Report "Birth of Broadband", September 2003
(SPU) ITU Internet Report "Internet for a Mobile Generation", September 2002"
(SPU) Research project on "Mobile overtakes fixed" (2003)
EPCGlobal (previously Auto-ID Centre) 
Workshop Background Paper
Workshop background paper on "Ubiquitous Network Societies: The Case of Radio Frequency Identification" (9 March 2005) 


Other Background Resources and Links
Working document on data protection issues related to RFID technology , European Commission Data Protection Working Party, 19 January 2005
RFID: Small Package, Big Problem , James Lewis, Oregon State University, 8 December 2003
Position Statement on the Use of RFID on Consumer Products endorsed by a number of consumer, privacy and civil liberties organizations, 14 November 2003
Address by Mr. Philippe Lemoine relating to Radio-Tags (RFIds) , CNIL France, October 2003
The See-It-All Chip, TIME, 22 September 2003
Smart ID and Privacy in Japan: Legal Issues of Tracking Using Radio Frequency Identification , T. Natsui, Meiji University of Tokyo, September 2003
RFID and the Public Policy Void, Testimony by Beth Givens (Privacy Rights Clearinghouse) to the Joint Committee on Preparing California for the 21st Century, California Legislature, 18 August 2003
On the future of RFID Tags and Protocols , S, Sarma, D. Engels, Auto-ID Centre, June 2003
The Blocker Tag: Selective Blocking of RFID Tags for Consumer Privacy, A. Juels, R.L. Rivest, and M. Szydlo, RSA Labs and MIT, 2003
RFID: Tracking everything, everywhere, Katherine Albrecht, CASPAN, taken from  "Supermarket Cards: The Tip of the Retail Surveillance Iceberg", Denver University Law Review, 2002
Shrouds of Time: History of RFID
Radio Frequency Safety, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC , United States
Association for Automatic Identification and Data Capture Technologies
RFID Gazette, journal of RFID-related news and articles
RFID Journal, journal of RFID-related news and articles
RFID Times: A Web Portal For Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Articles and News
MIT and RSA RFID Privacy Weblog
RFIDLog, radio frequency identification news daily


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