As 2007 comes to a close, I'm finding more creative commentary across the blogsphere related to RFID. Allow me to direct you to InformationWeek's John Soat, who elaborates on the hymn's of CIOs, uncensored. Soat writes, "On the sixth day of Christmas, the warehouse manager gave to me: an RFID chip, smashed to pieces."
Looking for an unusual holiday gift for that someone special? A few paragraphs on vnunet.com about a plastic toy computer rabbit introduced at the DEMOfall 2006 conference in California reminds us that RFID doesn't stand alone. It often integrates with other technologies, including fun gadgets for consumers. For about £75, Nabaztag, a Wi-Fi enabled computer device that reads emails and plays MP3s, but doesn't have many features you might expect, such as a screen or input device. It does, however, read RFID tags and has two motor-controlled ears.
This might bring some holiday cheer. Wired reporter Kim Zetter notes in "Authorities Hit Back at e-Passport Critics" that the International Civil Aviation Organization, which set the standards for new electronic passports with embedded RFID chips, has responded to what it calls "fantastical" and "baseless" claims that security researchers and privacy groups have made about security of documents travelers are issued.
In an interesting article that ran in the November issue of the ICAO MRTD Report Newsletter, Barry Kefauver, former U.S. State Department staff member and current chair of an ICAO task force responsible for overseeing the security of the new machine-readable travel documents (or MRTDs), states critics of the documents are ignoring facts that "would blunt the bite of their old and tired arguments, diminishing their headline-garnering effects." (Take a look when you get a moment.)