Tech giants with deep ties to the U.S. nationwide safety state — Microsoft, Oracle and the MITRE Company — introduced that that they had partnered with a number of well being care corporations to create the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) to advance the implementation of digital COVID-19 vaccination data.
Based on a Reuters report, the VCI “goals to assist folks get encrypted digital copies of their immunization data saved in a digital pockets of their alternative” as a result of the “present system [of vaccination records] doesn’t readily assist handy entry and sharing of verifiable vaccination data.”1
The initiative, on its web site,2 notes that the VCI is a public-private partnership “dedicated to empowering people with digital vaccination data” in order that contributors can “shield and enhance their well being” and “display their well being standing to securely return to journey, work, college and life whereas defending their knowledge privateness.”
The initiative is basically constructed on a typical framework of digital vaccination “wallets” referred to as SMART Well being Playing cards that are supposed to “work throughout organizational and jurisdictional boundaries”3 as a part of a brand new world vaccination-record infrastructure.
The host of the VCI web site and one of many initiative’s key backers is the Commons Venture Basis. That basis, in partnership with the World Financial Discussion board (WEF), runs the Frequent Belief Community,4 which has three targets which might be analogous to these of VCI.
As listed on the WEF web site, the community’s targets are (1) to empower people by offering digital entry to their well being info; (2) to make it simpler for people to grasp and adjust to every vacation spot’s necessities; and (3) to assist make sure that solely verifiable lab outcomes and vaccination data from trusted sources are introduced for the needs of cross-border journey and commerce.
To advance these targets, the Frequent Belief Community is powered by “a worldwide registry of trusted laboratory and vaccination knowledge sources” in addition to “commonplace codecs for lab outcomes and vaccination data and commonplace instruments to make these outcomes and data digitally accessible.”
One other, and associated, Commons Venture Basis and WEF partnership is CommonPass. CommonPass, which can also be supported by the Rockefeller Basis, is each a framework and an app that “will permit people to entry their lab outcomes and vaccination data, and consent to have that info used to validate their COVID standing with out revealing every other underlying private well being info.”
Present members5 of CommonPass, together with JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss Worldwide Airways, United Airways and Virgin Atlantic, are additionally members of the Frequent Belief Community. This overlap between the Commons Venture Basis/WEF partnerships and the VCI illustrates that the WEF itself is concerned with the VCI, albeit not directly by way of their companions on the Commons Venture Basis.
The Commons Venture Basis itself is value exploring, as its cofounders, Paul Meyer and Bradley Perkins, have long-standing ties to the RAND Company, the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and the Worldwide Rescue Committee, as famous by MintPress Information.6
The IRC, at the moment run by Tony Blair protégé David Milliband, is creating7 a biometric ID and vaccination-record system for refugees in Myanmar in cooperation with the ID2020 Alliance, which is partnered with CommonPass backer, the Rockefeller Basis. As well as, the ID2020 Alliance funds the Commons Venture Basis and can also be backed by Microsoft, one of many key corporations behind the VCI.
Wearable IDs for Your Well being and Your Pockets
Overlap between digital vaccination data, promoted by way of initiatives resembling CommonPass and VCI, and the push for a brand new world digital-identity system is not any coincidence. Certainly, the developer of VCI’s SMART Well being Playing cards framework at Microsoft Well being, Josh C. Mandel, famous in his overview presentation8 on that framework that digital id is integral to the digital vaccination-record effort.
SMART Well being Playing cards, as of now, are anticipated to incorporate an individual’s full title, gender, beginning date, cell phone quantity and e-mail deal with along with vaccination info, although it’s doable and sure that extra private info might be required because the initiative advances, on condition that VCI states that these identifiers are merely a place to begin.9
Whereas marketed as digital vaccination data, SMART Well being Playing cards are clearly supposed for use for way more. As an example, public info on the framework notes that SMART Well being Playing cards are “constructing blocks that can be utilized throughout well being care,” together with managing an entire immunization report that goes far past COVID-19 vaccines, sharing knowledge with public well being businesses and communication with well being care suppliers.
But, this framework is not going to be restricted to well being care info, as Mandel has stated. In his presentation, he notes the applying of SMART Well being Playing cards may quickly be used as IDs for business exercise, resembling renting a automobile. The VCI framework’s use of the time period “digital pockets” to consult with its digital vaccination report can also be suggestive of future connectivity to financial exercise.
Efforts to hyperlink digital id, not simply to financial exercise but additionally to well being knowledge, have not too long ago escalated, for instance with the piloting of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (aka GAVI)–Mastercard–Belief Stamp partnership in Africa.10
That program, first launched in 2018, hyperlinks Belief Stamp’s digital-identity platform with the GAVI-Mastercard Wellness Go, a digital vaccination report, and Mastercard’s click-to-pay system run on AI know-how referred to as NuData. Mastercard and GAVI are each partnered with the ID2020 Alliance, which incorporates VCI member Microsoft.
Given the affordable hypothesis that such platforms would make the most of digital forex, particularly cryptocurrency, for monetary exercise, it’s value noting that VCI member Microsoft filed a patent in 201911 that may permit “human physique exercise,” together with mind waves and physique warmth, to mine (i.e., generate) cryptocurrency. This, in fact, would hyperlink biometrics to monetary exercise, amongst different issues.
Such a system, as specified by the Microsoft patent, would seemingly require the introduction of wearables so as to be applied. Notably, quite a few wearables for contactless id, digital journey passes and cost gadgets have not too long ago been launched.
Examples embrace DigitalDNA,12 Proxy,13 and FlyWallet.14 FlyWallet is especially notable as their newest product, Keyble,15 is a wearable that mixes digital id by way of fingerprint authentication, which allows each contactless funds and well being purposes resembling vital-sign monitoring and knowledge sharing with insurance coverage corporations and well being care suppliers.
Sponsored by Spooks and Silicon Valley
The SMART Well being Playing cards framework was developed by a workforce led by the chief architect of Microsoft Healthcare, Josh Mandel, who was beforehand16 the Well being IT Ecosystem lead for Verily, previously Google Life Sciences.
Verily is at the moment closely concerned in COVID-19 testing17 all through the U.S., notably in California, and hyperlinks take a look at recipients’ outcomes to their Google accounts.18 Their different COVID-19 initiatives have been criticized as a result of still-unresolved privateness considerations,19 one thing that has additionally plagued a number of of Verily’s different efforts20 pre-COVID-19, together with these involving Mandel.
Of explicit concern is that Verily, and by extension Google, created Venture Baseline, which has been amassing21 “actionable genetic info” with a give attention to “inhabitants well being” from contributors since 2017. But, in the course of the COVID-19 course of, Venture Baseline has develop into an essential element22 of Verily’s COVID-19 testing efforts, elevating the unsettling risk that Verily has been acquiring People’ DNA knowledge by way of its COVID-19 testing actions.
Whereas Verily has not addressed this risk immediately, it’s value noting that Google has been closely concerned in amassing genomic knowledge for a number of years. As an example, in 2013, Google Genomics was based23 with the purpose of storing and analyzing DNA knowledge on Google Cloud servers.
Now generally known as Cloud Life Sciences, the Google subsidiary has since developed AI algorithms24 that may “construct your genome sequence” and “determine all of the mutations that a person inherits from their dad and mom.” Google additionally has shut ties with the best-known DNA testing corporations within the U.S., resembling Ancestry.com.
Ancestry, not too long ago bought by private-equity behemoth Blackstone, shares knowledge with a secretive Google subsidiary25 that makes use of genomic knowledge to develop lifespan-extending therapies. As well as, the spouse of Google cofounder Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, is the cofounder and CEO of DNA testing firm 23andMe. Wojcicki can also be the sister of the CEO of Google-owned YouTube, Susan Wojcicki.
Google and nearly all of VCI’s backers — Microsoft, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic, the Mayo Clinic, and MITRE Company, Change Healthcare — are additionally outstanding members of the MITRE-run COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition.26
Different members of that coalition embrace the CIA’s In-Q-Tel and the CIA-linked data-mining agency Palantir,27 in addition to a myriad of well being care and health-record corporations. The coalition matches effectively with the ambitions of Google and like-minded corporations which have sought to realize entry to troves of American well being knowledge below the guise of combating COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition describes itself28 as a public-private partnership that has enabled “the vital infrastructure to allow collaboration and shared analytics” on COVID-19 by way of the sharing of health-care and COVID-19 knowledge amongst members.
That this coalition and VCI are intimately concerned with MITRE Company is critical, on condition that MITRE is a well known, but secretive, contractor for the U.S. authorities, particularly the CIA and different intelligence businesses, which has developed29 Orwellian surveillance and biometric applied sciences, together with a number of now centered on COVID-19.
Simply three days earlier than the general public announcement of VCI’s institution, Microsoft Healthcare and Google’s Verily introduced a partnership30 together with MIT and Harvard’s Broad Institute to share the businesses’ cloud knowledge and AI applied sciences with a “world community of greater than 168,000 well being and life sciences companions” to speed up the Terra platform.31
Terra, initially developed by the Broad Institute and Verily, is an “open knowledge ecosystem” centered on biomedical analysis, particularly the fields of most cancers genomics, inhabitants genetics and viral genomics. The biomedical knowledge32 Terra amasses consists of not solely genetic knowledge but additionally medical-imaging, biometric alerts and digital well being data.
Google, by way of its partnership with the Pentagon, which was introduced final September, has moved to make the most of the evaluation of such knowledge so as to “predictively diagnose”33 ailments resembling most cancers and COVID-19. U.S. navy contractors, resembling Superior Know-how Worldwide,34 have been creating wearables that may apply that AI-driven predictive analysis know-how to COVID-19 diagnoses.
Predictive COVID-19 analysis can also be an ambition of one other firm that backs VCI, Salesforce. Salesforce is considered one of three corporations that created COVID 360,35 which Salesforce senior vice chairman Bob Vanstraelen describes as36 a “free full Coronavirus therapy resolution for sufferers and residents in danger” that’s hosted on Salesforce Well being Cloud and was by Deloitte’s Israel department and the Israeli intelligence-linked AI agency Diagnostic Robotics.37
COVID 360 makes use of the Diagnostic Robotics clinical-predictions platform and applies it to COVID-19 in order that “authorities businesses or caretakers” can determine people “in proximity to a possible optimistic coronavirus case” and mandate coronavirus testing and/or therapy regimes, primarily based on a danger profile generated by COVID 360. Diagnostic Robotics and Salesforce are each members of the MITRE-run COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition.
Salesforce founder, chair, and CEO Marc Benioff was beforehand a vice chairman at Oracle. Oracle, one other VCI backer, was created as a spin-off of a CIA mission38 of the identical title, and its high executives have shut ties to the outgoing Trump administration and in addition to Israel’s authorities. Whereas Benioff’s pre-Salesforce historical past to a CIA-linked firm like Oracle is critical, Benioff’s shut ties to the World Financial Discussion board39 additionally deserve higher scrutiny.
Benioff will not be solely a member of the WEF’s board of trustees, however he’s additionally the inaugural chair of the discussion board’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a “revolution” that its architect and WEF founder Klaus Schwab defines40 as a merging of people’ bodily, digital and organic identities. Benioff can also be the proprietor and co-chair41 of Time journal, which not too long ago ran a whole subject42 centered on selling the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the WEF-backed Nice Reset.
Benioff additionally serves on the Council for Inclusive Capitalism,43 a collaboration between the Vatican and oligarchs to create a “extra inclusive, sustainable and trusted financial system” for the twenty first century.
Alongside Benioff on the council are well-known figures resembling Lynn Forester de Rothschild (shut affiliate of Jeffrey Epstein and the Clintons44), Mark Carney (UN particular envoy for Local weather Motion and former governor of the Financial institution of England), and William Lauder (govt chairman of Estée Lauder, nephew of Mega Group45 member Ronald Lauder) in addition to the highest executives of MasterCard, Visa, Dupont, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, BP and Financial institution of America. Additionally current are the heads of the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations.
Benioff and others talked about on this article are excellent examples of the cross-pollination between teams of oligarchs and their related foundations and organizations and the way these networks are working collectively to pursue a typical agenda.
Whereas the push for combining digital id with vaccination data and financial exercise seems, superficially, to be the trouble of assorted organizations and teams, the identical people and entities seem again and again, pointing to a coordinated push to not solely implement such a system however manufacture consent for such a system among the many world inhabitants.
The hassle to fabricate consent for an all-encompassing digital identification system is notable on condition that its essential promoting level to date has been coercion. Now we have been instructed that with out such a system we are going to by no means be capable to return to work or college, by no means be capable to journey or by no means be allowed to take part usually within the economic system.
Whereas this technique is being launched on this approach, it’s important to level out that coercion is a built-in a part of this infrastructure and, if applied, might be used to change human conduct to nice impact, reaching far past simply the difficulty of COVID-19 vaccines.