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  • 1. Search Strategy Analysis Toni Liberty LIS205
  • 2. Question: From an adult patron at the public library • “I‟ve read some magazine articles about threats to privacy from these RFID chips and putting them into passports. But I‟m not sure I trust the media to give it to us straight. I want to know what real people are saying on the web…any idea where I should start?” ▫ Key terms/concepts in question:  Threats to our privacy  RFID chips  Passports  What „real people‟ are saying
  • 3. Concept Block Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3 Identity Identification Media Distrust Hacking Technology Blogs Threat RFID chips Public forums Privacy Security „real people‟ discussions Passport
  • 4. Search Strategy • Fielded search: ▫ Search within only blogs and public forums  Searching for non-article/news media related information • Boolean logic: ▫ Public forum (RFID chips AND privacy AND passports) ▫ Blog (RFID chips AND privacy AND passports)
  • 5. Search Engine: KartOO Brief History • KartOO was created by French cousins Laurent and Nicholas Baleydier in 2001. • The site‟s original design delivered search results in a visual map. • This version of the site closed in 2010. KartOO Today • It is a metasearch engine that strives to produce the most accurate search results. • KartOO sorts search results based on proprietary algorithms • Editors check the quality of each website in KartOO‟s index. • A semi-automated validation process provides the highest quality and most relevant results. *note: in other country version descriptions, it is noted that KartOO does not install cookies to save search terms, but does not state this policy on US version description.
  • 6. Search Result 1/10 • ▫ General Discussion: “RFID Chips in Passports?!?!?”  Public forum  Discussed ways to disable RFID chips so they cannot be hacked  Users posted links they found to websites detailing ways to disable the chips, how RFID tracking works  Comical commenting: YouTube video of flamethrowers as way to destroy tracking device Search Result 2/10 • • Community source for information about security ▫ Brief summary of including RFID chips in passports ▫ Linked words in summary to research done by a security researcher about why chips are a security risk Search Result 3/10 • ▫ Chance to sign an anonymous petition to take RFID chips out of passports ▫ Author writes about not giving consent to release personal information via the chip
  • 7. Search Result 4/10 • ▫ RFID Privacy Forum – Consumer Group offers new materials for understanding RFID  Linked to consumer advocacy group, National Consumers League, that created an area on its webpage dedicated solely to information about RFID chips  Post explains credibility/reliability of information used by advocacy group  Forum part of RFID Journal – website totally dedicated to information on RFID technology Search Result 5/10 • ▫ “Crowd powered media”; contributions first published mostly in Creative Commons  Initial link to a photograph of how a hacker may view information obtained from an RFID chip using computer software that enables the hacker to edit passport information  Link on right side of page will send viewer to the article of the author‟s reaction to a Wired News article on e-passports  Within this post are links to other blogs that have posted reactions to RFID chips and e-passports
  • 8. Search Result 6/10 • ▫ Article: US Require RFID Chips in Passports  One comment below the article reflects on the question to whether RFID chips are legal or in fact a violation of the 4th Amendment Search Result 7/10 • ▫ Radio-frequency Identification Wiki  Multitude of publicly generated content explaining the history, design, uses, mandates, regulations, problems, controversies  Links to other websites, reference Search Result 8/10 • ▫ Article: Feds Rethinking RFID Passport  Links to Basic Access Control  What is BAC? ▫ Way to improve RFID security
  • 9. Search Result 9/10 • ▫ Electronic Privacy Information Center  Nonprofit public interest research center, focused on civil liberties, protection, privacy, 1st Amendment rights  Top recent news summaries about RFID  Intro, history, future, privacy risks  EPIC resources  Links to RFID news articles  Previous top news about RFID  External resources Search Result 10/10 • ▫ US Dept. of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs website ▫ Article: The US Electronic Passport  Relevant to search: FAQs
  • 10. Analyzing the Results • KartOO returned just the 10 cited webpages in response to my query. • All resources were at least 5 years old at this point, it is unclear how often the KartOO index is updated, if at all. • Provided mostly publicly generated materials, little news articles and only one government website on the issue. • Multitude of sources would adequately answer the patron‟s question on personal security regarding RFID chips in passports. ▫ Overall satisfaction with the scope and range of search results. Reference: Kartoo. (n.d.) Accessed October 30, 2013.<> Kartoo. (n.d.) Retrieved October 30, 2013 from the Kartoo Wiki: