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Better: Welcome to the totalitarian world!
I only can speak for and report from Germany:
Corona health certificate as an exit strategy
Another app is planned. A digital immunity card for the benefit of the economy, health system and research
Was he infected? Is he immune? Has he already been vaccinated? What was considered a mere conspiracy theory yesterday could soon become a reality: A
digital health certificate that documents the corona biography of a person for submission to requesting bodies (PCR tests, antibody determinations,
vaccination status and more).
According to a so far neglected "formulation aid" by the federal government for a draft of a second law "for the protection of the population" in the
corona crisis, citizens will soon be given a "claim" to be "tested for infection or immunity". In addition, "an immune status [...] documentation
should in future be the possible basis for proving immunity in the same way as the vaccination documentation (also together in one document)".
Restrictions on fundamental rights pursuant to Section 28 (1) IfSG (Infection Protection Act) should not be imposed on citizens who "demonstrate that,
according to the state of medical science, they cannot or can no longer transmit the communicable disease due to protective measures being taken".
A digital version of such proof of immunity is already being worked on. Participants in the project include Bundesdruckerei, Lufthansa Industry
Solution, the Boston Consulting Group, Ubirch, the Cologne University Clinic and "as the central data user" the Cologne Health Authority:
To enable a quick restart of the economy, we propose an IT infrastructure that anchors the corona status and other relevant data of a tested person in
a blockchain and thus makes it accessible to all parties involved - healthcare system, patients, companies - at any time and across all applications.
This will make it possible to issue people with a health certificate comparable to a digital 'corona vaccination card'. Our solution will include
complete guidance of the test subjects through the process, from authentication to communication with and monitoring of positive patients.
White Paper Digital health certification
According to Ines Mangold, Managing Director of Digital Health Germany, such a "digital diary" also creates "a valuable data set for research".
The digital health certificate should not only be used in the Cologne region, but throughout Germany and Europe.
The implementation is based on the LISSI project (Let's initiate self-sovereign identity), which aims to create a digital identity, i.e.
blockchain-based encrypted storage of basic personal data (e.g. name, birthday and place, Nationality, training certificates, possibly biometric data
and health data etc.). This initiative, which is supported by a number of companies and banks, is also being promoted by the Bundesdruckerei, which is
responsible for identification documents, and is now being funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
The nationwide antibody studies of the Robert Koch Institute are also available. in connection with the planning of such an immunity card. In an
interview with Der Spiegel, Gérard Krause, epidemiologist from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig and one of the
coordinators of the studies, pointed out at the end of March the possibility of issuing immunes "a kind of vaccination card" that "allows them, for
example, restrictions to be excluded from their activity ". (Brigitta Engel)
I remember how idiots screamed "conspiracy theory" if somebody tried to point these idiots to what is coming. Like:
DemocracyWatch: COVID-19 ushers in a new era of surveillance apps
Around the world, governments are using the crisis to roll back democracy and human rights – and to monitor citizens through new tracker apps.
n 2009, PayPal founder and major Facebook investor Peter Thiel wrote a notorious essay. He argued that allowing women to vote had made democracy
untenable and that someone should therefore invent the technology to stop it.
These days, Thiel, a Trump supporter, is founder-chairman of Palantir. Named after a magic all-seeing stone in ‘The Lord of the Rings’, it’s a
data-analytics firm set up with help from the US Department of Defense. Last week, Palantir got the US government contract to run a new system for
tracking the spread of COVID-19.
It’s not just the US that is boosting surveillance in the pandemic. In tiny Liechtenstein, the government has launched biometric tracker bracelets
that automatically collect key medical information. The statelet plans for all citizens to wear them by autumn, while Germany, Turkey and France are
also among the 23 countries that have looked at high-tech surveillance measures in response to the crisis.
Meanwhile, the danger of permanent stigmatisation of migrants, minorities and refugees is growing around the world. They are labeled as carriers and
locked away in several countries; stateless people are being forced to face the disease alone.
Around the world, the coronavirus crisis is leading to an unprecedented roll-back of democracy, civil liberties and human rights. openDemocracy and
our partners SourceMaterial are monitoring these changes and sharing them with you weekly through our DemocracyWatch newsletter.
WITH SOFTWARE AGAINST PANDEMIC
Crisis profiteer »Palantir«
State government of Hesse cooperates again with US company close to intelligence agencies
The desire for technical solutions to fight the corona pandemic is arousing great desire among the software industry. Companies that specialize in the
automated evaluation of huge amounts of data therefore offer themselves to governments around the world as helpful service providers. The US company
»Palantir Technologies«, which is close to the secret service, wants to count among these profiteers of the crisis, which apparently maintains a
particularly close relationship with the Hessian state government.
For this, Minister of the Interior Peter Beuth (CDU) had only been awarded the negative price "Big Brother Award" in the category "Authorities and
Administration" last year (see jW from June 11, 2019). The jury justified their decision with the first purchase of analysis software from
»Palantir« nationwide and with the fact that »this controversial US company has access to the data network of the Hessian police through the use
and operation of the software«, said laudator Rolf Gössner at the time. Now the company should come into play again to supply the crisis team in
Wiesbaden, which is headed by Beuth.
The "Palantir" product "Foundry" (English for foundry) is to be used to "keep track of the corona crisis," according to an online report published on
April 21 by Beuth's department in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. A spokesman also informed the Hessischer Rundfunk that tests had been carried out with a
limited free version, as the station reported online on April 22.
Just one "little aspect" of whats going on here.