COVI-PASS will determine whether you can go to a restaurant, if you need a medical test, or are due for a talking-to by authorities in a post-COVID world. Consent is voluntary, but enforcement will be compulsory.
Through the magic of Internet meme culture, most Millennials will be familiar with the famous opening scene of the 1942 film, Casablanca, where two policemen stop a civilian in the old Moorish section of Nazi-occupied French Morocco and ask him for his papers. The subject is taken away at once after failing to produce the required documents. The cinematic exchange has been used ever since as a popular reference to the ever-encroaching hand of the state, which is now on the verge of attaining a level of control over peoples movements that puts the crude Nazi methods to shame.
A British cybersecurity company, in partnership with several tech firms, is rolling out the COVI-PASS in 15 countries across the world; a digital health passport that will contain your COVID-19 test history and other relevant health information. According to the company website, the passports objective is to safely return to work and resume social interactions by providing authorities with up-to-date and authenticated health information.
These objectives mirror those that Bill Gates has been promoting since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown. In an essay written by Gates in April, the software geek-cum-philanthropist lays out his support for the draconian measures taken in response to the virus and, like an old-timey mob boss, suggests the solutions to this deliberately imposed problem. Ironically, Gates begins to make his case for the adoption of mass tracking and surveillance technology in the U.S. by saying that For now, the United States can follow Germanys example; He then touts the advantages of the voluntary adoption of digital tools so we can remember where [we] have been and can choose to share it with whoever comes to interview you about your contacts.
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