In computer programming, an entry point is where control is transferred from the operating system to a computer programme, at which place the processor enters a programme or a code fragment and execution begins.
|A digital identity via vaccination?|
How Global Citizens will receive their number
Three groups are working towards this Digital Financial Identity for every human on earth: banks, governments and corporate businesses under the watchful eye of Pope Francis. Each group has published key documents to outline the practical problems that need to be solved to achieve this goal.
Corporate: Working Group Solutions
Governments (United Nations): ID2020- Concept for Public Private Partnership
Banks: UFA2020 Universal Financial Access 2020, WEF Blueprint for Financial Identity
So let's step into their shoes for a moment. Supposing you wanted to give every man, woman and child on earth his or her unique number incorporating him or her into your global system of governance, how would you do it? The following criteria would have to be looked at:
- How can every human in the world be accessed to have a number assigned to them?
- Would the number have to be administered by a trained person? If so, are there any professionals who already have the required training and qualifications?
- How would everyone agree to receive the number, or could it be done without their personal permission?
- How can the number be inseparable from the person?
- Which database would be internationally acceptable? Can an existing database be put to use?
- What would the costs be? How can the funds be made available and by whom?
- Can we run a pilot first?
What rights do you have?
The most important question is: how and where could the project get started? The answer to this crucial question can be found in the United Nations' ID2020 executive summary. But first a few quotes from this must-read document:
- Digital identity is a set of electronically captured and stored attributes and credentials that can uniquely identify a person
- Proof of one's identity is a prerequisite to social and economic inclusion in the modern world
- The United Nations has recognised that identity is a necessary and fundamental human right. A verifiable identity answers not just "who are you?" but also "what rights do you have?"
- Individuals lacking a recognised form of identification cannot access basic services (Note: Bill Gates lists 'basic services' as: the food we eat, clothing, TV, and heating - "very good things", he calls them. Bill Gates is big on Global Citizen.)
"From 2017 to 2020, ID2020's work will focus on two areas: developing and testing the best technological solutions for digital identity, and working with governments and existing established agencies to implement these solutions."Before they can develop the right technologies or decide on which ones to implement, they need a focus, a starting point, a launch, or as they put it: an entry point. They describe a number of case histories in their document, but one example stands out:
Malawi, as a failed state, has no bureaucratic infrastructure to give inhabitants an official identity. Their government is not functioning any more. Identity papers are hard to come by. However, the UN noticed that vaccinations are given very effectively and across the board - 97% of all Malawian babies receive their first tetanus shot at 6 weeks of age.
This target group would lend itself very well to a try-out for the proposed technological choices for the global Digital Financial Identity programme. These children could become the first official Global Citizens, complete with a number which would unlock 'basic services' like food, water and shelter for them in the future.
It would tick a lot of the boxes: trained staff are already administering the procedures, the women have already agreed to their babies being vaccinated, a system of registry is operational and the costs are known. But by which means would these babies be given their new Global Citizen's number? The United Nations give us the answer in their own words:
"Immunization rates far exceed birth registration rates in many developing countries - offering an entry point for identity."
RFID microchips??? Maybe not in the way you think...
Which technologies could be implemented in combination with vaccinations? The next article will explore the pros and cons of various RFID microchips. The subject needs a critical look; current sensational reports of rice-grained microchips implanted in hands or arms are way off the mark. These medical chips are cumbersome, unreliable and time consuming to implant in large numbers. They are very costly too. Other, smaller, microchips have neither the certification nor the right standardisation to be used in the human body. In addition, there are problems with the body's reaction to these foreign bodies, and keeping the implant in the right place has its own challenges. We can safely disregard those reports. However, there are other developments that warrant a closer look, as the world's most advanced biotech innovators prepare to present their solutions to the three entity's expert panels.
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