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Saturday, August 06, 2005
Botany Library wins IT award for RFID  
Botany Library has won the 2005 Computerworld Excellence in the Use of IT in Government Award for its use of RFID. Press release, Computerworld article on the finalists (they don't seem to have anything in depth on the winners yet).

Meanwhile, Jessamyn is sceptical about the value of RFID, and it isn't popular in Berkeley, either (

Funny how a given issue can be seen as highly important in one country, and almost ignored in another. There doesn't seem to be much (or any) controversy over RFID in New Zealand - it's just seen as a technology. But it's clearly quite controversial in the US.

On the other hand, Trusted Computing has raised a lot of concerns in New Zealand government agencies, whereas US government agencies see it in purely beneficial terms (from what I've read).