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Immunity Credentials and Web of Nations

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2020 10:04:17 +0200
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To: Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
Hi all,

  Immunity Credentials need to be signed by local medical
authorities but also need to work globally for travel when
restrictions are lifted. For that to work people and software
in different countries need to know which medical authorities 
can sign such credentials. If one is also to write software
that can be useable around the world (and so reduce the cost
of producing it) there needs to be a method to find these 
authorities that takes into account that not all countries 
will recognize each other’s authorities, will want to add
new authorities, etc...

This could easily be set up, by agreeing on a simple ontology, 
each country listing its own authorities by publishing such 
lists on the web, and then linking to other such documents 
in other countries. Organisations like the UN, WHO, the EU, 
or the Commonwealth could then add links to such documents 
too, creating a what I call a Web of Nations.

I detailed how it works and put 13 use cases together for a
fully developed version of this. Use case 10 covers verifiable
credentials and the current crisis could get this going

https://medium.com/@bblfish/use-cases-for-the-web-of-nations-361c24d5eaee

That is a very practical post.

For a much broader philosophical take on the relation of 
Immunology and the Web, I also wrote a post that puts it
into perspective.

https://medium.com/@bblfish/co-immunology-and-the-web-43379b46688e

This post should help people with less technical 
interest understand the big picture for which this is an answer.

Yours sincerely,

Henry Story
PS. See also the responses to Wendy Halls’ tweet
https://twitter.com/DameWendyDBE/status/1247478309832863744
Received on Wednesday, 8 April 2020 08:05:00 UTC

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