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UWFox Scholars Series Offers Presentation on ‘RFID Chips’

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Lee TienThe University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Scholars Series begins its Spring 2009 schedule on Monday, February 2. “RFID Chips: Your Privacy at Risk,” is being presented by Mr. Lee Tien in the campus Fine Arts Theatre from noon to 1:00 p.m.

RFID, or “radio frequency identification,” chips are becoming a part of our lives. These tracking devices are being embedded into consumer goods, personal identification items like credit cards, passports, and driver’s licenses … allowing individuals carrying these items to be tracked as well.

Tien is a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in free speech and privacy law, including electronic surveillance law. Before joining EFF, he was a sole practitioner specializing in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation. Additionally, he has published articles on children's sexuality and information technology, anonymity, surveillance, and the First Amendment status of publishing computer software.

Tien received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University, where he was very active in journalism at the “Stanford Daily.” After working for a year as a news reporter at the Tacoma News Tribune, he went to law school at Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley. Tien also did graduate work in the Program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at UC-Berkeley.

RFID, or “radio frequency identification,” chips are becoming a part of our lives. These tracking devices are being embedded into consumer goods, personal identification like credit cards, passports, and driver’s licenses … allowing those carrying these items to be tracked as well.

Tien’s presentation explores the challenges to privacy, the politics of surveillance, and what the future may hold for the evolving technologies and personal freedoms.

The UWFox Scholars Series is free and open to the public, with unreserved seating available. For more information, contact the UWFox University Relations office, at 920-832-2611 or visit www.uwfox.uwc.edu.

Posted 01/27/2009