In the fourth of our public evidence events on vaccine passports and COVID status apps, we explore what technical and practical considerations any government facilitating vaccine passports and COVID status apps, and the surrounding societal-technical system, need to consider.
Join us as we look beyond the next few months to ask: can these systems be built with sunset clauses and the ability to be ‘switched off’ once their purpose has been served and the crisis has passed? Or will they become part of more permanent infrastructure and push politicians towards particular policy choices?
- Carmela Troncoso, Assistant Professor, Security and Privacy Engineering Lab at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
- Ranjit Singh, Researcher, AI on the Ground Initiative, Data & Society
- Lord James O'Shaughnessy, Conservative Member of the House of Lords and a Health Minister from 2016 to 2018.
The panel will consider:
- What technical design decisions can and should be made, including security, authentication, identity linkage, interoperability, data-sharing, input data? Is it possible to design these systems in a way that preserves privacy and prevents the repurposing of information flows?
- What practical considerations should governments be thinking about in designing these systems, beyond the technical specifications? What wider policy architecture is required around these systems to achieve their intended outcomes and mitigate harms?
- Does the creation of vaccine passport systems inevitably mean a greater embedding of digital identity systems, for better or worse, or is that a choice? How wary should we be of building long-term infrastructure in response to a time-bounded crisis?