Secret surveillance at a conference

Science Writers — Fall 2008

Last July, amid tapas and cocktails at a Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) conference mixer in Barcelona, I was served something far less appetizing: The news that for five days, unbeknownst to me, a radio frequency infrared device (RFID) hidden in my name tag had been reporting my conference attendance habits to organizers. Ditto for the rest of the conference’s nearly 5000 participants, many of whom were science journalists.
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