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Re: Privacy-protecting contact tracer for COVID-19? [was Re: A Moment of Silence #Foremembrance Today at 19:06 CET, 2:06 pm EDT, 11:06 am PDT, and Saturday at 2:06am in Hong Kong & Taipei]

From: Moses Ma <moses.ma@futurelabconsulting.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2020 13:33:16 -0700
To: W3C Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
Cc: paoladimaio10@googlemail.com, Ehud Shapiro אהוד שפירא <ehud.shapiro@weizmann.ac.il>, Juan Caballero <juan.caballero@spherity.com>
Message-ID: <a74d1239-b579-8af0-983e-0216dea469c4@futurelabconsulting.com>
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to provide an update on our effort to create a fast track 
initiative for intelligent privacy-preserving contact tracing...

A) Things are moving quickly! We're meeting with an interested investor 
tomorrow morning, we have some traction in one state and one country 
without trying, and we have some running code that gives us a head start.

B) A number of RWOT participants have asked to help, so we've set up a 
Zoom call on Monday for those who are willing to pitch in. This is going 
to be a "front line" effort, so we don't have time for opinions. Please 
let me know if you'd like to join the call and get to work - it's 
important you are ready to contribute code or do some coding or help 
with fundraising efforts in a somewhat selfless way. And I apologize in 
advance to being bossy and cutting off opinionators, the working model 
we seek is that of a cohesive self-optimizing team with a single captain.

We will be triaging an imperfect solution that would normally elicit a 
lot of opinions, but I think our less than perfect app would be much 
better than whatever Jared Kushner is planning to roll out through his 
shadow committee, if we don't act now.

Also, if you're out of work because of the pandemic, there is likely 
paid work for you in the future via this effort - so stay tuned.

C) You can download the current project overview here: 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/lg05fp5f2d2qxry/COVID-defender%20OVERVIEW.pdf?dl=0

The most important strategic move is to declare a two phase release, 
with something good but not perfect, with vital features triaged, to be 
deployable by early May. Phase II will contain the more visionary stuff 
to deploy later in the year.

And what I'd like to do is form three workteams to brainstorm the 
following short term components of the solution:

 1. Team 1 will focus on a "down payment on Verifiable Credentials" for
    immunity management. This needs to include whether a user has
    verifiable healthcare experience and can be tapped to support a
    second line for relieving front line healthcare workers.
 2. Team 2 will focus on adapting DIDs into a global lightweight UUDID
    so users can travel internationally and integrate contact reporting
    in some clever way. Interoperability is vital because a patchwork
    quilt of silo'ed contact tracers are already being deployed.
 3. Team 3 will require a number of security architects to review our
    proposed AI/big data solution - we're going to try to detect
    asymptomatic spreaders by analyzing the "wake" of a spreader or
    superspreader through a social chain. Our team includes a number of
    leaders in the AI/optimization/epidemiology space, but we need for
    you to review what they come up with to insure it supports decent
    privacy, at least for an application that would normally require
    intrusive methods.

My vision for a workteam is a strong lead, with a team of 3-5 action 
oriented self-starters who can code quickly.

We're limiting the call to 20 participants and we're half full now. So 
if you are ready to volunteer to work, please let me know you'd like to 
join the call. We'll record it and distribute to everyone else.

Thanks and stay healthy out there!

Moses





On 4/2/20 8:39 AM, Juan Caballero wrote:
> I found this very clear and didactic questionnaire intended for people 
> designing or evaluating contact tracers.  I thought it might be useful 
> to disseminate:
> https://cpg.doc.ic.ac.uk/blog/evaluating-contact-tracing-apps-here-are-8-privacy-questions-we-think-you-should-ask/ 
>
>
> This group needs scribes and multipliers more than opinions, but I'll 
> limit myself to one: +100 to Adrian's invitation to prioritize 
> collaboration and model consensus. I don't think our efforts will be 
> of much use to any public health authorities unless they are cohesive 
> end-to-end.
>
> juan
On 4/1/20 6:59 PM, Paola Di Maio wrote:
> Thank you Moses
>
> this is exactly what happened to me a week ago or so, as I told in my 
> response to David Booth who started this thread.
> It must have been this technology, but it is deployed
> elsewhere as well, below the radar. They may have satellite reach 
> across borders
> it is not limited to one country.
>  It does not have any approval from the legit government
> who does not know this is taking place.  Thsi is extra constitutional  
> and unlegislated
> where I am.
> (I have been tackled and harassed with this tech before covid by 
> anonymous secret states
> and I now do not take my cell with me when I go out unless I have to.)
> Thanks for sharing, so we know this is happening, and the good news is 
> that I am not crazy.
> PDM
>
> On Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 6:12 AM Moses Ma 
> <moses.ma@futurelabconsulting.com 
> <mailto:moses.ma@futurelabconsulting.com>> wrote:
>
>     Hey all,
>
>     Israel is now tracking instrusively via cellphones:
>     https://www.npr.org/2020/03/19/818327945/israel-begins-tracking-and-texting-those-possibly-exposed-to-the-coronavirus
>
>     /"Big Brother is here," wrote Omer, a young father, on Facebook,
>     minutes after he received a text message that he'd been close to a
>     virus carrier the previous week./
>
>     This is the message they send:
>
>         "Hello. According to an epidemiological investigation, you
>         were near someone sick with the coronavirus. You must
>         immediately isolate at home [14 days] to protect your
>         relatives and the public. ... This information will be used
>         only for this purpose and will be erased when no longer
>         needed. Sincerely, public health services."
>
>     Ehud, can you get us more info to sense the ground truth over there?
>
>     I'll be able to say more about our approach, that will leverage
>     VCs and maybe DIDs, soon... but we're getting traction with one
>     state and one country's MOH. Things moving quickly!
>
>     Moses
>
>
>
>
>     On 3/27/20 9:55 PM, Ehud Shapiro אהוד שפירא wrote:
>>     I mentioned the fact that it is open source not as a testimony
>>     for its being good, but as a practical advice for people in
>>     countries that do not have it, so that they can easily adopt it
>>     and adapt it to their own country's needs.
>>     Separately, I have sent an opinion by  Adi Shamir (the S in RSA,
>>     a Turing-award winner and a leading authority on security and
>>     privacy).
>>     Be safe,
>>     Udi
>>
>
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Or whet your appetite by reading /Agile Innovation/ 
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| /Quantum Design Sprint/ 
<https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Design-Sprint-Application-Disruptive/dp/1799143864> 
| my blog at /psychologytoday.com/ 
<http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-tao-innovation>.

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