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Re: Important Issue for Immunity Credentials

From: D.W.Chadwick <info@verifiablecredentials.info>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2020 07:09:48 +1200
To: Moses Ma <moses.ma@futurelabconsulting.com>, Christopher Allen <ChristopherA@lifewithalacrity.com>, Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
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Hi Moses

over the last week or so we have developed a proof of concept COVID-19 
Immunity Certificate application demonstrator built on our application 
independent verifiable credential middleware. We would like to 
participate in challenge (1) headed by Victoriano. I am currently in the 
process of making a video of our demo

Kind regards

David

On 08/04/2020 06:51, Moses Ma wrote:
> Hi Christopher et al,
>
> You're absolutely right. This is why we have recruited: Dr. Ab 
> Osterhaus to join our team - he is one of the world's leading experts 
> in coronaviruses, and his team was first to sequence the SARS virus, 
> Dr. Tony Cox - a data scientist who specializes in epidemiology, and 
> Triall.io - a clinical research organization that has run over 30 
> Phase I-IV trials and is the developer of the first blockchain tool 
> for clinical trials. All of our proposed pilots will adhere to 
> clinical research methodologies that preserve patient privacy and 
> insure validated data production.
>
> However, what we could use more of are privacy experts who can quickly 
> produce innovative working solutions.
>
> Two challenges we've identified are: (1) the use of verifiable 
> credentials to serve as digital certificates of immunity, and (2) the 
> possibility of developing interoperable contact managers and globally 
> unique IDs to enable international travel. A big thanks to Victoriano 
> Giralt for stepping up to manage the first one, but I think we still 
> need to find a MacGyvered approach to solving the second... in a way 
> that has a low barrier to federation and adoption. To be brutally 
> honest, we are triaging a solution, and we need to see reality clearly 
> as to whether DIDs can add value short term.
>
> If you'd like to work on these sub-projects, please let me know. 
> Again, this is an action-primary team that will need to deliver 
> software on an super-agile basis.
>
> Anyway, I promised to share the recording of our first call so you 
> know what we're up to, and you can find it here:
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/rqhpum88k28usti/Zoom-DefenderDIDcall-040620.mp4?dl=0
>
> Finally, I'll try to make time for CCG calls, but I'm getting 
> exponentially busier these days.
>
>
> Stay healthy everyone!
>
> Moses
>
>
> PS, thisis a very interesting article about user acceptance of contact 
> managers:https://045.medsci.ox.ac.uk/user-acceptance - respondents 
> were most concerned about “government using the app as an excuse to 
> increase surveillance after the epidemic”.
>
>
> <https://045.medsci.ox.ac.uk/user-acceptance>
>
> On 4/7/20 10:19 AM, Christopher Allen wrote:
>> As was discussed briefly in the call today, if we are going to talk 
>> about #Covid19 technology solutions, we must partner with health & 
>> epidemiological experts to do it right.
>>
>> For instance, it has been proposed that we support some kind of 
>> digital immunity certificate. Even if we ignore its possible 
>> human-rights & privacy risks, it can have still have risky public 
>> health care choices:
>>
>> https://unherd.com/2020/04/how-far-away-are-immunity-passports/
>>
>> “If you issue immunity passports on this basis, /barely a third /of 
>> the people you give them to will actually be immune. “There’s nothing 
>> peculiar about this statistically,” Kevin McConway, an emeritus 
>> professor of statistics at the Open University, told me. “It’s just 
>> Bayes’ theorem <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayes%27_theorem>.” The 
>> likelihood of you having had Covid-19, if you’ve had a positive test, 
>> depends not just on the accuracy of the test but on the prevalence in 
>> the population you’re looking at.
>> …
>> In the end, that’s going to be a horribly cold-blooded calculation. 
>> If you let people out when they’re 90% likely to be immune, that 
>> means one person in 10 is going to be at risk of getting and 
>> spreading the disease. Is that risk a price worth paying for reducing 
>> the real costs (economic, social, physical, mental) of isolation? I 
>> don’t know and I’m glad I don’t have to work it out. But someone has 
>> to. And they’ll have to start by getting a reasonably effective test, 
>> and testing hundreds of thousands of people, to see how many of us 
>> have had it.”
>>
>> — Christopher Allen
>
>
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