Raw data from the spy-badges at HOPE hackercon

At this year's HOPE hackercon in NYC, participants were asked to wear RFID-enabled badges that followed them around and spied on them as part of the Attendee Meta-Data (AMD) project. Now the project has released the data it gathered, as well as the sourcecode for the devices and their readers.
The AMD social networking site lets visitors "tag" themselves based on a diverse set of interests. Old-school hackers, network security experts, cryptographers, political activists, law geeks, lockpickers, reverse engineers, bloggers, privacy advocates, and far more–visitors can label themselves with multiple interests, to become discoverable by fellow visitors from around the world with similar interests, in the same room or across the building. Attendees can then use email or text messages to "ping" the people they discover on the site–new contacts and old friends alike.
The AMD Project (Thanks, Aestetix!)

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  1. The tracking data extracts to about 136 MB, but the location is denoted by area, not by coordinates.

    Here are the first two lines of the file:

    7/20/2008 1:40:00 PM,4245,”VendorTables”,0.2

    This puts a bit of a damper on my plans for data visualization / animation, but I can probably still do interesting things with the data, and it saves me the trouble of grouping tags together by proximity. Still, I’m quite glad they released the data, with more to come sooner or later.

  2. There will be more data coming. We are still working on getting a torrent set up, because the full tracking data comes to around 6 gigs. There will be an announcement on the website when that happens.


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