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Africa to Become Testing Ground for “Trust Stamp” Vaccine Record and Payment System

A Ghanaian aerial porter transfers medical supplies provided by Navy Medical Research Unit Three-Ghana Detachment, onto a pallet truck in Accra, Ghana, April 24, 2020. The 37th Airlift Squadron from Ramstein Air Base, Germany transported the supplies, enhancing the U.S. relationships in Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A new biometric identity platform partnered with the Gates-funded GAVI vaccine alliance and Mastercard will launch in West Africa and combine COVID-19 vaccinations, cashless payments, and potential law enforcement applications.

(By: Raul Diego, Mintpress News) A biometric digital identity platform that “evolves just as you evolve” is set to be introduced in “low-income, remote communities” in West Africa thanks to a public-private partnership between the Bill Gates-backed GAVI vaccine alliance, Mastercard and the AI-powered “identity authentication” company, Trust Stamp.

The program, which was first launched in late 2018, will see Trust Stamp’s digital identity platform integrated into the GAVI-Mastercard “Wellness Pass,” a digital vaccination record and identity system that is also linked to Mastercard’s click-to-play system that powered by its AI and machine learning technology called NuData. Mastercard, in addition to professing its commitment to promoting “centralized record keeping of childhood immunization” also describes itself as a leader toward a “World Beyond Cash,” and its partnership with GAVI marks a novel approach towards linking a biometric digital identity system, vaccination records, and a payment system into a single cohesive platform. The effort, since its launch nearly two years ago, has been funded via $3.8 million in GAVI donor funds in addition to a matched donation of the same amount by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In early June, GAVI reported that Mastercard’s Wellness Pass program would be adapted in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Around a month later, Mastercard announced that Trust Stamp’s biometric identity platform would be integrated into Wellness Pass as Trust Stamp’s system is capable of providing biometric identity in areas of the world lacking internet access or cellular connectivity and also does not require knowledge of an individual’s legal name or identity to function. The Wellness Program involving GAVI, Mastercard, and Trust Stamp will soon be launched in West Africa and will be coupled with a Covid-19 vaccination program once a vaccine becomes available.

The push to implement biometrics as part of national ID registration systems has been ongoing for many years on the continent and has become a highly politicized issue in several African countries. Opposition to similar projects in Africa often revolves around the costs surrounding them, such as the biometric voter management system that the Electoral Commission of Ghana has been trying to implement ahead of their 2020 general election in December. Bright Simons, honorary VP of the IMANI policy think tank, has questioned the “budgetary allocation” for the new system, claiming that the “unnecessary registration of 17 million people all over again” represents millions of dollars “being blown for reasons that nobody can explain in this country.”

Masking ulterior motives

Trust Stamp’s biometric identity system, largely funded by Mastercard’s massive investment in the company in February, utilizes a technology it calls Evergreen Hash that creates an AI-generated “3D mask” based on a single photo of a person’s face, palm or fingerprint. Once this “mask” is created, much of the original data is discarded and encryption keys are created in place of a person’s name or other more traditional identifiers.

“Only a small percentage of the data that originally existed is in the hash,” Trust Stamp CEO Gareth Genner has stated. “What you have is something safer for storing because it can’t be used to directly identify you. No one would recognize you in this huge jumble of numbers.” The result, according to Genner, is an “irreversible non-personally identifiable information” system that “protects privacy, reduces potential for misuse and allows effective inclusion when there is no other form of legal record.”

Genner also explained in a recent press release that the unique “hash” is capable of “evolving” as a new hash with updated health information is created every time a child or individual gets a vaccine. Trust Stamp’s AI algorithms can accurately determine if different hashes belong to the same individual, meaning that “the hash evolves over time just as you evolve,” said Genner.

It is unclear how much the Wellness Pass initiative is motivated by public health concerns as opposed to free market considerations. Indeed, the GAVI alliance, largely funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates and Rockefeller Foundations, as well as allied governments and the vaccine industry, is principally concerned with improving “the health of markets for vaccines and other immunization products,” rather than the health of individuals, according to its own website. Similarly, Mastercard’s GAVI partnership is directly linked to its “World Beyond Cash” effort, which mainly bolsters its business model that has long depended on a reduction in the use of physical cash.

Dual use tyranny

Trust Stamp also shares this market-focused vision for its digital identity system as the company has stated that it is looking for new commercialization options for its Evergreen Hash technology, specifically with prison systems. Talks with private and public prison systems have revealed an interest in their utilization of Trust Stamp’s technology to provide identification for individuals on parole “without making them pay for pricey ankle bracelets that monitor their every move,” as Trust Stamp’s platform would ostensibly provide that same function but in a “touchless” and less expensive manner.

Trust Stamp’s interest in providing its technology to both COVID-19 response and to law enforcement is part of a growing trend where numerous companies providing digital solutions to  COVID-19 also offer the same solutions to prison systems and law enforcement for the purposes of surveillance and “predictive policing.”

For instance, contact tracing software originally introduced as part of the COVID-19 response has since been used by police departments across the U.S. to track protesters during the country’s recent bouts of protests and civil unrest. Similarly, a controversial Israeli tech firm currently being used in Rhode Island offers AI-powered predictive analytic to identify likely future COVID-19 hotspots and individuals likely to contract COVID-19 in the future, while also offering governments the ability to predict future locations of and participants in riots and civil unrest.

What is perhaps most alarming about this new “Wellness Pass” initiative, is that it links these “dual use” digital solutions to cashless payment solutions that could soon become mandated as anything over than touchless, cashless, methods of payment have been treated as potential modes for contagion by GAVI-aligned groups like the World Health Organization, among others, since the pandemic was first declared earlier this year.

Raul Diego is a MintPress News Staff Writer, independent photojournalist, researcher, writer and documentary filmmaker.

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  1. Cheryl July 24, 2020

    Bravo! What a well done article on the abuse of unsuspecting tribal peoples. Your in dept information was a diamond mine on the plans being cooked up by our controllers; with the “Gate”s as poster shills.
    Good wishes and I will endeavor to review your work to become more intelligent. Peace and grace! Amen.

  2. A J Hollis July 26, 2020

    I for one will cancel my Mastercard forthwith. I will not support any terrorist organization, and indeed the WHO and entire UN, should shut for it’s crimes against humanit.
    The heads of these groups starting with Bill Gates need to be marked as terrorists and face ex-judicial executions.

  3. tommy July 27, 2020

    *****Question***** Would it be considered RACIST to use a Patented DNA Covid 19 Vaccine that can ” ALTER the RACE of a Human Being ” making all races into ONE Race ????
    There is evidence that the use of the 5 G network to cause ” Electroporation ” to ALLOW DNA vaccines to enter a live cell by creating temporary pores in the cell membrane. The technique is known as electroporation or electropermeabilization.”
    They could give us the vaccine and then as the 5 G network gets up and running the “Electroporation caused by the radio waves would open the pores of your cells and allow the FOREIGN and UNKNOWN Genetics get into your native DNA . Over Generations this could change the races into one race depending on What they were giving us in the vaccines !!!!
    This shows the Patented technology using Electroporation , and look WHO has his little hands all over this , https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/inovio-receives-new-5-million-grant-to-accelerate-scale-up-of-smart-delivery-device-for-its-covid-19-vaccine-301022049.html
    The DoD is involved with this TOO ,
    This talks about the Altering of DNA using DNA Vaccines ,
    This talks about the Dangers of 5 G Network ,https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1053072081009/5G%20Radiation%20Dangers%20-%2011%20Reasons%20To%20Be%20Concerned%20_%20ElectricSense.pdf
    More on the connection between DNA Vaccine and 5 G ,
    What do you guys think ????????

  4. Kevin Goodwin July 28, 2020

    You do realise that cashless society options and a digital vaccine record have been available in Europe for almost a decade? This is just Africa’s version of it because of the lack of infrastructure and capable device ownership.

    1. Eddie Murray July 28, 2020

      And so we should just accept that we are being monitored and forced to comply with a corrupt agenda including being targeted if we create civil unrest, or refusing to comply with government policies which we deem to be oppressive or unjust-essentially under the iron fist of governments who can do with us what we wish?

    2. WilC July 29, 2020

      Options is the operative word. These people are forced with no other option.

    3. Kaja krezic August 1, 2020

      Which state in Europe are you talking about???

  5. Josh W Rhoades July 28, 2020

    This is the works of the devil himself. It’s a sad world.

    1. Gary Gray July 30, 2020

      Agreed, A sad, wicked & worthless world. A place that only God, thru His compassionate, merciful virtues could love. Why can’t Gates see he’s doing the devils work? Is he that far away from God? What drives a man who has unlimited wealth & resources to do something that makes people prisoners to the greater world? Can’t he understand he’s creating a world slave society? God Be Great. Withdraw, Mr.Gates. Return to The Creator of the universe. Return to the entity that gives you a next breath. Amen.

  6. Aileen Hardy August 4, 2020

    I agree with all above comments. Not a hop in hell will I or anybody I know engage in this totalitarianism.
    I’m cancelling my MasterCard asap. Tomorrow. Once they see decline worldwide…
    And Bill Gates? Who died n put him in charge of the world in his own mind.
    He needs his head examined and answer to higher court.
    I have my suspicion on this virus.
    Its too scattered n doctors told truth.
    Not all!
    Enough to know this is all possibly catalyst needed n China?
    So no thank you.
    You can take your vaccines…gates kids never got…BTW…and your cashless society and shove it onto some other takers…I feel you may find people power outweighs all.
    And BTW anything Gates…WHO n banks involved in TOGETHER…??. Good luck!

    1. chris August 5, 2020

      Amen to all the awake people! This is only ‘real’ IF we accept their dark devious agenda, period!

  7. chris August 5, 2020

    AI go fuck yourself!


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