Vaccines, Blockchain and Bio-capitalism

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Vaccine Markets

Pay for success finance deals will be well served by the global vaccine market that is being advanced through Gates’s outfit GAVI.  Vaccine doses are readily quantifiable, and the economic costs of many illnesses are straightforward to calculate. With a few strategic grants awarded to prestigious universities and think tanks, I anticipate suitable equations framing out a healthy ROI (return on investment) will be devised to meet global market demands shortly.

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Over the past month, the gaze of investigative researchers has been fixed on GAVI, Bill Gates, Gates’s associates like Fauci, and the over-size influence they are having on public health policy around Covid-19.  Use the link for the map to dig further into the relationships. The members of the 2012 Development Impact Bond (DIB) Working Group Report are of particular interest, since DIBs are being considered as a way to finance vaccination campaigns.

Among them:

Toby Eccles, Founder of Social Finance and developer of the social Impact Bond

Owen Barder, Former Economic Aide to Tony Blair, UK AID

Elizabeth Littlefield, JP Morgan, World Bank, OPIC, US Impact Investing Alliance

Vineet Bewtra, Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Omidyar Network

Bob Annibale, CitiGroup Community Development

Chris Egerton Warburton, Goldman Sachs, Lions Head Partners

Rebecca Endean, UK Research and Innovation

Kippy Joseph, Rockefeller Foundation, International Development Innovation Alliance

Oliver Sabot, Absolute Return On Kids (ARK, UK Charter School), The Global Fund

Steven Pierce, USAID

Public health is a servant of bond markets and financiers. A glance at the participants in this working group makes it clear, doses and people and death and suffering are just going to be part of their market analysis. For too many people, openly discussing concerns about vaccines remains a third-rail. But we DO have to learn how to talk about this to one another, because the stakes are too damn high to shy away from it. I also believe these campaigns and the tracking systems associated with them have been structured as an imperial enterprise and should be treated with profound caution.

Fauci Gates

Interactive version of Fauci / Gates map viewable here.

The World Bank started promoting the use of Blockchain to track vaccine supplies as early as 2017, the same year they got into the pandemic bond business.

More on that here.

Blockchain Vaccines World Bank

There is an elegant, if twisted, logic in melding vaccine supply chain tracking with blockchain digital identity / health passports. Not unlike Palantir’s “philanthropic” endeavors around human trafficking. The ultimate goal of the cloud bosses is to be able to track everyone all the time – Tolkien’s all-seeing eye. To be able to lay down the infrastructure of digital oppression while being lauded for humanitarian efforts will be quite a coup if they pull it off.

So you have the vaccine tracked on blockchain. You have the quantum dot tattoos (health data bar codes) ready to go. You have the capacity to pressure people into setting up digital health passports linked to their electronic health record (thanks Obama). It makes perfect sense that it would all be linked together.

Fracking Humanity

Total quality management, systems engineering, where the cellular structures of entire communities are unlocked and remade for profit. When I was doing my work into ed-tech, I described the process of data-mining as fracking the minds of children. This is the same thing, but in a medical context-fracking our DNA.

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Creating an immutable record of doses linked to specific individuals, means investors can assess the “impact” of inoculation(s) they fund and take their profit. On Blockchain this will be made possible using MIT’s Enigma software, which protects “privacy” even as it mines cellular structure for “impact” and turns people into GMOs. Something I’ve had growing concerns about in recent weeks is knowing the Gates-backed initiatives involve the use of mRNA platforms. Moderna is one of them, and they tout their vaccine system as the “software of life.”

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Moderna Gates

So we know that pay for success relies on MEASURABLE change. We also know these platforms use synthetic biology to re-engineer humans at the molecular level. Precision medicine, while a valuable tool to use against inoperable tumors, could become a huge problem if tweaking our biomes at the population level to suit the whims of global financial markets is normalized. Genetic engineering tied to quarterly returns – now that would be grotesque.

Besides, our country has a nasty history of eugenics and unethical scientific experimentation. What protections are in place to keep “pay for performance” contracts and vaccines from being used to justify “fixing” people that the market deems “sub-standard” from a human capital investment point of view? It is not such a jump from taking an impact payment for preventing a projected future illness to genetic modification for more insidious purposes.

We are being conditioned to accept that there will be repeated campaigns of vaccination tied to future outbreaks. Remember, this is meant to be a “permanent crisis.” Pay for success demands it. It is the crisis framework that legitimizes intrusive surveillance framed as a public benefit. In this way social systems can be regulated to conform to the expectations of global technocrats.

Supply Chain Tracking

Gates also funded the development of quantum dot vaccine tattoos by MIT, which act as health data bar codes viewable under certain lighting conditions. This nanotechnology is used for such diverse purposes as solar power and device displays. One of the companies developing electronic health records that are compatible with quantum dot data tattoo systems is Quantum Materials out of San Marcos, Texas. Their system runs on Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing system. Quantum materials dots

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Now imagine Gates-affiliated entities profiting first from vaccine bonds, then from vaccine development,  from the cloud computing software tracking the data and documenting the impact, and finally from returns on the pay for success deals.

Meanwhile, the public, those who are actually supposed to be served by health policy, are instead used to generate impact data. This results in healthcare services being platformed, automated, and dehumanized. People will start to lose their humanity, seen only as data, veering into trans-humanist territory after repeated system upgrades.

QDX Health Passport Blockchain

Interactive version of the QDX Health ID map accessible here.

We can see the mounting toll of the pandemic as hospital systems have started to furlough workers, in the midst of this health emergency. As a consequence, I expect we will soon see human staff reductions, and the roll out of tele-presence medical robots, and more and more doctors on screens where they can operate at a “safe” distance, never needing a mask or to even touch their patient. It is hard to believe this is where we have arrived in the world. And yet, here we undoubtedly are.

Vaccines will be the bread and butter for impact investors; but then factor in the crushing human and economic costs of global pandemic, and suddenly you’re talking REAL money. Imagine tallying up ALL the costs associated with the Covid-19 lockdown. That is going to create one ENORMOUS cost offset for investors moving forward. The longer the lockdown the bigger the cost offset they will be able to use in “pay for success” pandemic deals. For this first round there is a certain sick market logic in making the situation as dire as possible. Future profits are riding on calculations of harm that are being tallied now.

Dress Rehearsal For The Big Event

Many have already looked into Event 201, the corona virus table-top game Gates funded in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Johns Hopkins Center For Health Security last October. Another funder was Open Philanthropy, started by Facebook Employee #3 Dustin Markovitz. I highly recommend checking out the videos, especially the highlight reel and the communication and finance sessions.
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Interactive Map Event 201 here.

I’ve seen comments dismissing concern over this event, because the tabletop game wasn’t actually Covid-19, but rather a generic corona virus. Evidently because authorities had been anticipating a pandemic event, we should just shrug off the fact that a corona virus outbreak occurred mere months after participants checked out of the luxury Pierre Hotel with their souvenir virus plushies. Watch the videos – the event was a spectacle. Certainly not a serious strategic venture. Even the program for the prior year’s game, Clade-X was much more buttoned-up and serious.

Pierre Hotel New York Pandemic Scenario

A glance over the participant list shows high-level executives from Edelman (public relations) and NBC Universal; George Gao, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention; as well as a number of groups, including Johnson and Johnson and GAVI, that have a stake in vaccine trials underway. While the event was held in New York, there were also participants representing Australia, Canada, Switzerland, China, and the United Nations.

Given Gao’s presence at this event and his participation in the WHO / World Bank’s Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, one wonders at the apparent disintegration of communication channels after the game was over. If Gates, the World Economic Forum, and Johns Hopkins set up Event 201 with the goal of fostering the creation of an integrated global pandemic response strategy, the aftermath of the Wuhan outbreaks and lack of information sharing shows it to have been a spectacular failure. But as I conjectured in my previous post “Mind The Gap” on pandemics and pay for success finance, perhaps the first round was supposed to be a spectacular failure so that it would be easier to show improvement during future outbreaks.

Next up will be a deep dive into Michael Bloomberg and his ties to Johns Hopkins and the World Health Organization. He is the one who is setting up the “smart” city infrastructure steeped in human capital finance and high-tech policing. The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, which is based in the Bloomberg School of Public Health was the host of Event 201. See the arrow on the map below.

Pandemic Monitoring Board

Interactive version of map here.

 

Silicon Valley Leverages Pandemic-Induced Poverty To Advance Pay For Success Finance

Waves of crises and disasters, often engineered, have made it hard for most to see the sweeping changes the Fourth Industrial Revolution has in the works. Namely the billionaires’ plan to hand entire job sectors over to robots and algorithms, forcing millions into poverty. Dispossessed of their means of economic support the masses can be more readily transformed into “social impact” data commodities, compelled to navigate an augmented reality police state “game,” otherwise known as “smart” cities.

In the wreckage of the global economy, who’s coming out ahead? Forbes reported ten billionaires netted $51 billion in a market rebound that ended April 9. Among them were tech oligarchs Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Larry Page, Elon Musk, Larry Ellison, and Mark Zuckerberg. Indeed they will be well-positioned to invest in the human capital bonds the Federal Reserve will be promoting in the coming years.

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As the 2015-2035 timeline of Global Education Futures predicts, portfolios of the future will be portfolios comprised of people. Indeed last summer Microsoft filed a patent at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to mine crypto-currency through bodily activity, including brain waves. Great, so perhaps we won’t simply be portfolio items, but actual batteries creating wealth for predators from our human essence. Just like the Matrix. Please, someone get me off this ride that is “stakeholder capitalism.”

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Against a rapidly changing backdrop of Covid-19, many find themselves adrift, anxious, frantically flipping through dog-eared rulebooks for the game they thought they were playing. In fact the switch has flipped, and we’re in a NEW game. We’ve gone over the cliff, and it’s vital that we truly understand our field of operations before biometric identity Covid-19 certificates come online.

Those of us who can see what is coming are kind of like Wile E. Coyotes scrambling in mid air before we drop likes stones. I’d say we have a year tops to educate and organize the masses to stop the rise of digital biocapitalism, the intended fallout of this pandemic.

If we don’t stop this treacherous techno-fascist enterprise, we’re going to face a future of compliance to AI-determined “personalized” “pay for success” pathways. We expect everyone to behave and play along in their wearable tech so investors get paid. Smart phones as minders with assistance from drones, Amazon Ring, and zealous neighbors.

Silicon Valley Pandemic and Pay for Success

The gears have started to turn, with talk stirring of “back-to-work.” So much harm done, so many impact opportunities generated. You can be sure the diabolical social entrepreneurs are at the ready. On March 31, 2020, Tracy Palandjian, CEO of Social Finance, and Paul Brest, Professor of Impact Investing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, jointly penned a missive to social entrepreneurs titled, “After the Pandemic, Addressing The Permanent Crisis With Pay For Success Finance” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Please note the framing here of a “permanent” crisis.

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They admonished philanthropists to be intentional about using the short-term emergency created by Covid-19 to push for systems change via outcomes-based contracting. Silicon Valley has spoken. This next round of grants to immiserated non-profits are meant to ensure forced compliance with the data-driven rules of  fin-tech’s new pay for success game. In particular, Palandjian and Brest promoted using it to fund supportive housing and online education and training.

Education and health data, including behavioral health (social-emotional learning / SEL data), are cued up to drive global markets. The two have become intertwined, feeding off one another. This is why it was not at all surprising when I saw that Learning Economy was a partner in the new Covid Credential Initiative. A digital identity passport on Blockchain can hold many types of tokens – health status, skills badges, to financiers there’s not much difference. The rich can extract impact data from these tokens to gamble on them singly or in combination. The higher the stack of credentials the bigger the payout on the game.

The screen shot below is taken from the Covid Credentials Initiative website. I suppose we are supposed to believe these 60+ organizations came together in under a month to bring blockchain identity to scale. If we’re going to get back to “normal,” you can be sure the elite want it “controlled” and “measured.” I mean if life is lived OFF a dashboard does it really “count” as living? I imagine that’s what newly-minted data analysts are trained to think. Where’s the “social impact value” to be derived from that? The “privacy-preserving” language here is code for Blockchain.

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The first community study of Covid-19 antibodies was published this week by Stanford Medical School. The study determined there had been substantially higher rates of infection, which in turn lowered the mortality rate for Santa Clara County, CA, the focus of the study. An article in the Mercury News stated the number of cases was 50 to 85 times the original estimate, which revised fatality rates downward from 3% to .12 to .2%.

It should be noted that Santa Clara and neighboring San Mateo Counties are also part of the Project Baseline Covid-19 screening program rolled out by Google’s subsidiary Verily. Google and Apple have stepped up to take the lead on contact tracing, and my suspicion is that despite these more promising numbers, there will be a continued push for digital disease surveillance, the cattle prod that could open the door to health passports on Blockchain and health data impact investing.

Santa Clara : Stanford Covid 19

Interactive version of map here.

It just so happens that San Jose, a tech hub, is the Santa Clara County seat. It is a Bloomberg-financed “smart city” with 5G and Facebook Terragraph pilots. Santa Clara and San Mateo are hotbeds of pay for success finance. Proofs of concept for early childhood education, literacy, housing and mental health were advanced through a partnership with Third Sector Capital Partners. Google backed two of these projects – “Big Lift” the literacy effort and a social impact bond called Project Welcome Home.

In this “welcome home” scenario, however, Palantir (predictive policing, and ICE contracts) reviews the data of all receiving services; so in the end this supportive housing is not welcoming at all. The region is also home to Datazone and the Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust, the pilot interoperability data warehouse affiliated with Stewards of Change and the National Interoperability Collaborative. Data is the new oil and the electrical engineers and innovative financiers of Silicon Valley have teamed up to devise a plan to frack it from our minds and from our bodies while framing it as a social good.

So as we consider the scaling up of national disease surveillance efforts, we must understand them within a larger context of genomic profiling, financialization, and expansive Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks. This is all in play in Silicon Valley, in Santa Clara. There is a reason this county was chosen for the first Covid-19 anti-body study. These are the dots that those in power prefer we not connect.

Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust

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Santa Clara SIBs

Interactive map of Santa Clara County / San Jose Impact Investing here.

 

Mind the Gap: The Violence Of Pandemic Dashboards

It is vitally important that people of the world recognize how public health policy in many nations has been harnessed to global markets. Instead of serving those at risk of sickness and death, these policies of financialization are constructed to benefit social impact investors. Transnational global capital demands the creation of new investment products to circulate the holdings of billionaires and further concentrate their wealth. This program continues to advance even as poverty rates skyrocket under conditions of economic lockdown. Social impact finance is the centerpiece of this new era of “stakeholder capitalism,” which was launched with great fanfare in Davos this January.

Stakeholder Capitalism

Data-driven “pay for success” deals are structured around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). “Health” is goal number three. The World Bank has played a role in creating new investment products aligned to the UN SDGs. You can read more about the UN SDG financial apparatus here.

“Pay for success” finance is a performance-based contracting system that has been applied to a wide range of social issues ranging from pre-k, mental health and elder-care services to workforce training and supportive housing. It clear to me that “pandemic preparedness” is being fitted out for pay for success profit-taking, too.

The “pay for success” finance model  works as follows:

1. Identify a social problem. In this case the possibility of a pandemic.

2. Get an academic institution or think tank to cost out the problem as a negative externality. Remember, the more expensive the problem, the bigger the potential profit from preemptively “fixing” it.

3. Establish an equation that fixes a rate of return for “evidence-based”  “solutions.”

4. Select the type of data, the parameters, that determine “success” for the deal.

5. Set up infrastructure to track the data and provide “evidence” of success.

6. Identify partners – service provider, investors, and project oversight.

7. Deliver the services and collect the data.

8. After a third party determines if success metrics were met, performance payments are issued to investors (or not).

If you want a more extensive overview, see this post.

In 2018, the World Bank and the World Health Organization partnered on an initiative called the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board. Its task is to oversee member nations and identify pandemic preparedness “gaps.” Gaps is a red flag for technocracy. Once a social problem is turned into data, it can be put onto a dashboard and twisted to serve the needs of global markets. The “gap” between the data as it currently is and that which is desirable allows public services and resources to be placed under the control of systems engineers, technocrats. The following excerpt is taken from a paper prepared by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in 2019. It speaks to the desire for data to “motivate” and “measure.”

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Source: Preparedness for a High-Impact Respiratory Pathogen Pademic, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, September 2019

Narrowing the “gap” justifies private profit taking. Dashboard managers are incentivized to modulate the “gaps, but never close them. The pay for success model is based on tightening gaps, but just a little.

Problems that have wide gaps and can be tightened up pretty easily are more attractive investments than intractable problems where the gap is narrow. In the case of pay for success, the worse the problem, the better your chances are to show “improvement.” Start from a terrible baseline and demonstrating growth is easier.

The terrible reality of this market is that it is built and sustained on misery. Thus, if profit is made, more misery is needed in order to grow returns. There is no profit for investors in addressing the structural nature of social problems. Plus, real solutions can’t be shoe-horned onto a dashboard anyway. Those in power set up the deals, and the deals are structured to favor those in power. Imagine that.

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Interactive model of map above can be accessed here.

In 2017, through the Pandemic Emergency Financing Committee, the World Bank issued the first pandemic bonds in response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic. While at first glance that may seem like a humane gesture, the truth is that the bonds were structured in such a way that it is almost impossible to trigger the payouts public health systems need to respond to disease outbreaks.

Neither the Ebola nor the Covid-19 pandemic bonds have disbursed ANY proceeds to governments; meanwhile, these instruments of “innovative finance” have generated $100+ million in returns for private investors.

If you want to take a deeper dive, I recommend Susan Erikson’s paper, “Faking Global Health” published last June in Critical Public Health Journal. Her exploration of how “health innovation” and “health finance” advance superficial techno-solutions that generate profit for some but never structurally address public health problems matches up perfectly with my own experience regarding the privatization of public education.

Erikson speaks directly to the ways in which data can be manipulated to preference certain outcomes and how harmful consequences can arise when “success” becomes tied to narrow impact metrics.

What are the consequences of large sums of money riding on death statistics?

What happens when in order to access healthcare funds, governments must allow a certain “death rate” to be attained?

HUGE ethical concerns have arisen in the three years since these bonds were issued, and yes it appears with the entrance of Covid-19 the World Bank expects the market for these bonds to grow.

Faking Public Health

Source: Faking Global Health, Susan Erikson, Critical Public Health Journal, June 2019

In September 2019, a month before Event 201, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board published a compilation of white papers titled A World At Risk. That document lays out numerous “progress indicators” of the type that could be used to set up scoring rubrics tied to pay-for-performance contracting.

In the screenshot below you see how the World Bank is setting up this program noting a potential 10 to 1 return on investment and the high costs of not taking action. The next image shows economic impacts of the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak.

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Ebola Economic Impact Vaccine

Source: World At Risk, 2019 Annual Report, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board

The numbers in World At Risk build off a 2012 study, People, Pathogens and Our Planet Volume 2: The Economics of One Health. That document actually posits a 44 to 71 annual rate of return, which is totally unbelievable. The One Health approach, which I think we will be hearing more about in the coming years, addresses vulnerabilities around zoonotic disease, situations where pathogens jump from animals to humans. This type of transmission is increasingly linked to human encroachment into wilderness areas for the purposes of resource extraction and development.

World Bank Cost Benefit Analysis Pandemic 2012

During this pandemic, we have seen a growing media push around One Health – the idea that the world is a better place without humans getting in the way; that Earth is healing itself in our absence. This easily-consumed, “feel-good” content could become very dangerous if deployed with eco-fascist intent to remove people who are indigenous to their lands from them for the sake of “conservation.”

The other point I want to raise is regarding how One Health will play in the finance realm. Pay for success deals are built on established cost-offsets that can be layered. The most attractive investments are those where one solution “fixes” multiple problems, because that allows investors to take profit across multiple channels.

So think about One Health. If you have an intervention that creates a documented impact on both human health and animal populations, you’re going to increase your rate of return. In that way pandemic bonds may end up coming out ahead of vaccine bonds in terms of investor interest. The ROI for human impact is not likely going equal the ROI for a double-dipped One Health “solution.”

One Health

Source: Investing In One Health, World Bank Policy Brief, January 2018.

The excerpt below is from a paper that lays out global investment strategies around emerging diseases. It was prepared for the World Health Organization in the fall of 2017 by researchers affiliated with the Duke Center for Global Health, the United States Agency for International Development, and the EcoHealth Alliance.

Pandemic ROI WHO

Source: A Framework For Stimulating Economic Investments To Prevent Emerging Diseases, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2018.

Take note of two important things: 1) public health has been placed under the jurisdiction of custodians who expect to get an “attractive return on investment” and 2) there is an expectation that the cost of inaction around disease mitigation will be quantified. Those costs include: reduced trade, financial market losses, food insecurity, impacts to agriculture, premature mortality, lost wages, and social order disruption.

So what are we to make of all this in light of what is happening around Covid-19?

Well, it is clear those in positions of power are prepping us for a future punctuated by repeated viral outbreaks.

Our national response has been horrible due to a combination of austerity, poor leadership, free market healthcare, and a shredded social safety net.

Health data is being weaponized and politicized.

The government continues to advance the financial interests of the elite over the masses.

There will be profound, almost incalculable, economic fall out from the lockdown.

As tragic as this is, it actually makes sense within the context of global markets. Pandemic finance is meant to be a growth sector, and market logic dictates a terrible first time out of the gate will guarantee “improvement” on future dashboard metrics.

Kind of like we were very ill-prepared this time, but next time around we promise to do somewhat better, so our investors get their payout; and remember the payouts are based on the negative externalities, and in this case go big or go home.  By tanking the global economy, which was planned to jumpstart the Fourth Industrial Revolution and human capital investment markets anyway, those with an eye on pandemic markets  maximized potential future profit.

For them it was a win-win. Impoverish millions so they will be forced to become social impact data commodities and set up a really robust futures market in pandemic preparedness with a side of biometric surveillance. I’m sure the fin-tech oligarchs are beside themselves right now.

So, I guess we will see where this all goes. The impact investors definitely have their eye on growing vaccination and pandemic investments, and are looking to structure them as social impact bonds and development impact bonds. See the screenshot below regarding the relationship of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation to GAVI, the Gates Foundation-funded vaccination program.

To scale them while collecting all the data required to disburse proceeds to investors, I expect they’ll want to set up some sort of digital identity system. The World Bank has its own platform serving its Human Capital Project called ID4D.

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I’ll close with a map I made of vaccine finance. Though these are uncharted waters for us regular folks, the stakeholder capitalists know where they want us to go.

Vaccine Finance

Interactive version of map above here.

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Global public health has become a plaything of financiers. Though if you read Daniel Immerwahr’s insightful book “How to Hide an Empire,” on the Rockefeller Foundation, Cornelius Rhoads and the horror he wrought in Puerto Rico, perhaps it always has been.

Can we wrest the right for a healthy life for all people away from global markets?

Will we allow our humanity to be commodified into vaccine bond portfolios?

As portfolio assets of stakeholder capitalists are we subject to digital tracking forever?

In the name of disease surveillance?

What does resistance to this agenda look like?

I welcome your ideas. Drop a line in the comments.

Will Covid-19 certificates trigger biometric digital identity roll out?

It is week four of the Covid-19 pandemic lock-down. People have been told to get busy fashioning masks out of bits of cloth, hair bands, and filters they have around the house. The initial shock has worn off, and apparently we are supposed to gear up for the long haul as the global economy collapses around us. Unless you have a top-security clearance, your chances of knowing the full truth of what is happening is impossible.

What IS clear is that powerful global interests, including members of the World Economic Forum, are using this time of disruption and desperation to try and push through many elements needed to implement their Fourth Industrial Revolution program. This includes global digital currency, smart biometric surveillance, wearable technologies, online education, and tele-presence labor including tele-medicine and tele-therapy. All of this is happening against a back-drop of increased policing, diminished labor and environmental protections, and 5G infrastructure installation.

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Source: World Economic Forum, Covid 19 Action Platform, Strategic Intelligence

Crown Castle 5G

Source: Crown Castle Surges in Q2 As Carriers Upgrade From LTE To 5G, July 2019

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I anticipate the next shoe to drop could very well be preparations for widespread implementation of digital identity tied to the issuance of viral immunity certificates. Digital certificates would be hashed on blockchain pending documentation of antibodies from a blood draw or having received a requisite vaccination – to provide “trust” in the social order. We appear to be quickly approaching a “show me your papers” phase. It seems logical such data would end up as part of a health-passport residing on a person’s phone (tracking device), to be presented on demand.

Since the primary focus of my research has been education, I had expected the pressure to adopt digital identity systems would come through blockchain credentials and workforce development – a soft approach that would slide in gradually over the coming decade as young people with Blockchain transcripts entered a new STEM-centric workforce.

Now it occurs to me that a faster roll out would be through health certifications, precipitated by this pandemic. Bill Gates got the ball rolling during a March 18 Reddit Q&A. Then Ezekiel Emanuel (brother of Rahm and Ari) suggested states maintain registries of people who can prove they have been exposed to Covid-19 via a blood test in a March 28 New York Times op-ed. Next James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve, suggested daily testing with badges during an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation on April 5. The idea of immunity passports, “vaccination passess” are being discussed in Italy and developed in Germany.

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The screen shots below are taken from an April 2, 2020 feature in the Harvard Business Review. The piece attempts to position the imposition of biometric digital identity, individual and population behavioral analysis via artificial intelligence, and satellite surveillance as benevolent interventions tied to the “equitable” delivery of Covid-19 vaccines.

Public health is being weaponized as a tool of bio-surveillance and profit extraction. Profit will be created through human capital finance AND through the architecture of the surveillance it requires. Seth Berkley, the head of the Gates Foundation’s vaccine program GAVI, is a co-author of the piece. Gates maintains significant investments in satellite deployment and Crown Castle 5G wireless infrastructure. Rebecca Weintraub, another co-author, is managing director of the Draper Kaplan Richard Foundation, which is heavily invested in ed-tech and data-driven crimal justice reform.

When people ask you about proof linking Gates to vaccines to universal digital ID, here it is – straight from Harvard. The intentions of the ruling elite to turn our lives into data for surveillance and profit could not be more clear.

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Source: A Covid-19 Vaccine Will Need Equitable, Global Distribution, Harvard Business Review, April 2, 2019

So here we are. Lots of folks are anxious to be tested. If proof of exposure / anti-bodies grants a “get-out-of-quarantine-free” card, I wager many would agree to sign up for a digital identity without giving it a second thought.

But as they say, beware of beginnings. Antibody passports throw open the door to a much bigger program of data-mining linked to self-sovereign or decentralized identity. Digital identity structures enable the vast accumulation of  interoperable data.

Pay for Success finance runs on data from services relating to education, healthcare, and housing. Just as public assets have been siphoned off from public education to fuel the growth the ed-tech industry, the same is about to happen with Medicaid and “Med-Tech” as we see a shift from fee-for-service to value-based payments.

Deloitte anticipates a “Smart Medicaid” future where smart pills and cameras are used to manage patients through chat bot interactions that increases efficiency and ROI. In 2011, the World Economic Forum partnered with Bain to explore personal data as a new asset class, white paper here. In this document they advanced the idea of using sensors in running shoes to encourage moms to exercise in order to get discounts on food for their dependents-because that would be more of a motivation that doing it for themselves.

WEF 2011 Personal Data New Asset Class

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Data is EVERYTHING, and digital identity ushered in with pandemic certificates is the key to turning people into speculative investment commodities. If you want to understand how this works, watch my video, Your Permanent Record.

Those who know me know how much I despise the idea of ed-tech and the surveillance of learning. So shift gears and think about how wearable technologies are being set up to monitor bodily function. Such monitoring has generally been voluntary up until now, though people are increasingly being required to participate in IoT data sharing for insurance reimbursement or to avoid having a surcharge placed on their premiums. But seeing how things have evolved over the past month, it is not hard to imagine that under conditions of pandemic, authorities will not hesitate to enforce use of IoT health monitoring devices in the name of national security.

So how far are we prepared to go with this digital bodily discipline? Device-based location tracking is up and running. Facial recognition is probably in that mix, too. Next up mandatory wearable thermometers? IoT nano-pills?

When society isn’t under lockdown will be there an expectation that all individuals participate in a strengthening regimen for their bodies and minds in anticipation of the NEXT outbreak? Adherence tracked via fit bits and brain wave headbands? Leaderboards? Badges?

Black Mirror today, but how about next year? Five years from now? What is your “health brand” in this new age of pandemic? How “risky” are you? What level of discrimination will you be subject to? How are you managing your health? How are you tracking it? How will we hold you accountable?

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Source: We’re not going back to normal, Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review, March 17, 2020

Global finance is pushing this transition to tech-mediated medical care, which will run on Internet of things sensors. These sensors create value through “innovation” and the generation of data tied to the “value-based” care model that is supplanting fee-for-service. The global ruling class is now in a position to impose a new era of biocapitalism. In their digital panopticon individuals and populations can be programmed for the purposes of “pay for success” profit taking and social control. You can see this if you scan Deloitte Centre for Health Care Solutions’ July 2018 white paper on MedTech.

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Source: MedTech and the Internet of Medical Things, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions, July 2018

The federal government has been investigating use of Blockchain to hold interoperable health data, including data generated by IoT sensors, for at least five years. The Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a two-day conference from September 26 to 27, 2016 to discuss the use of Blockchain in healthcare delivery and research. The creation of digital identity linked to electronic health records was discussed, as was linking IoT data to such records and implementing “smart” contracts for pre-authorization and payment verification.

Blockchain Healthcare Challenge 2016

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NIST, National Institute of Standards and Technology, co-sponsored the effort. In 2001 the agency along with DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) funded an effort of the National Research Council that resulted in the report Embedded, Everywhere: A Research Agenda For Networked Systems of Embedded Computers. The twelve-member committee that prepared the report included representatives of UCLA (committee chair Deborah Estrin), University of Washington, Stanford, MIT, Intel, Lucent, HP Labs, Sun Microsystems, Sensoria, Maya Design Group, and Wind River Systems. The document was meant to provide a guide for future federal research efforts in partnership with private interests as computing shifted from devices into networked systems of embedded computers, which they called EmNets. Nanotechnology is a key element of such systems.

It is interesting to note that with advances in the use of nano-technology to deliver precision medical treatments, there is also growing concern about potential negative health impacts of nano-particles on the lungs. Such engineered particulate matter is being incorporated not only into cutting edge medicine, but also into fuel and even sunscreen. It is emerging as a major factor in air pollution, particularly the carbon nanotubes – almost like manmade asbestos.

We know patients diagnosed with with asthma and other conditions that reduce lung capacity have far worse outcomes if they develop Covid-19. Fatality rates in Black communities have been particularly high. Often residents live in toxic environments under conditions of environmental racism. One has to wonder if such “innovative” technologies could be playing a contributing roll in how this crisis has unfolded.

Meanwhile backers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution continue install the 5G towers and build their planned EmNets with under-regulated nano-technology. I expect few people even know to be concerned. The quantum dots planned for use in for the Gates/MIT-backed vaccine delivery system could very well be the new Teflon.

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The year after the “Embedded Everywhere” committee submitted its report, Deborah Estrin, the committee’s chair, was selected to head a new center at UCLA that was created to undertake R&D for nano-technology and sensor networks – CENS, Center for Embedded Sensor Networking. The project was launched with a $39 million grant from the NSF. Estrin moved across the country to work in IoT data research as a professor of health policy at Cornell-Tech, a brand new academic research institution set up by Michael Bloomberg on Roosevelt Island in New York City with the backing of Google and serious funding from wireless communications companies and venture philanthropy. Qualcomm for example pitched in $133 million, Bloomberg Philanthropies $100 million, and Verizon and Tata Consulting $50 million each.

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Alessandro Voto of Institute For the Future’s Blockchain Futures Lab presented at that conference and discussed “smart health” profiles and AI healthcare delivery. Voto co-authored a paper titled, A Blockchain Profile For Medicaid Applicants and Recipients, a month before the conference. In it, Institute for the Future (remember them from Learning Is Earning) advanced a number of potential applications including: “smart” pill bottles to track medical compliance; virtual medical assistants; tokenized diagnoses; artificial intelligence insurance brokers; and custom insurance products transformed into non-traditional investment opportunities, which sounds a lot like human capital investing (see ALICE).

Last week a fellow researcher forwarded me information regarding a “non-profit” insurance outfit that was pitching flexible insurance products to gig workers during the Covid-19 crisis. The polices, which are being sold as alternatives to Affordable Care Act plans, hinge on participants agreeing to be tracked on their phones and other devices for a reduction in the premium. There are vague references to sharing in profits generated through the aggregated data. The organization, EASE Alliance, makes it clear on their website that they wish to maintain the privacy of their donors. I bet we can imagine a pretty solid short list of possible funders. The organization currently has 50,000 policy holders. More information on their website here.

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Beyond enabling the production of custom insurance instruments, the IFTF paper also mentioned using Blockchain health records in medical pattern recognition for epidemic management. It notes that Blockchain would enable detailed analysis of disease presentation in connection with a person’s finances, family, age, and residence. The language echoes that of the Harvard Business Review article. Those in positions of power are entitled to digitally monitor all aspects of a person’s life, of entire populations, to predict future behavior and control outcomes.

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We are seeing a first wave of digital driver’s licenses is rolling out now. Idemia is pushing “augmented identity.” The pandemic is likely to speed up adoption. GAVI, a Gates Foundation-funded partner in ID2020, is piloting a program that combines vaccination with a digital identity. Another ID2020 effort, MyPass, backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies in Austin, assigns Blockchain identity to unhoused people to help them keep track of things like medical records. This program doesn’t require anyone to be “chipped.” The first phase operates using a simple QR code that is printed out and laminated. Though I expect eventually biometric data will be attached to the record.

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I want to draw attention to the program’s name, MyPass. I have serious concerns that the long-range plan is to combine digital identity with geo-fencing as a way to selectively restrict mobility of targeted individuals and groups. It feels very likely that health risk will become the rationale for such a system, especially given the nature of the Covid19 virus where people may be asymptomatic carriers. Now that that precedent has been set, anyone could theoretically be detained for weeks at a time and there is no readily available way to prove you are not a carrier.

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Implementation of such a system would be sold to the public as necessary measure to keep us all “safe,” but there would be a steep cost with respect civil liberties. Those whose freedoms would be the first to be curtailed would be historically oppressed communities: Black people, Indigenous people, and poor people, often those working minimum-wage front-line jobs. Exactly the kind of jobs that the EASE Alliance is targeting for intrusive health data-mining.

Add predictive analytics and artificial intelligence to the mix, and the most vulnerable populations would most certainly be risk-profiled as potential disease vectors given factors like employment instability, housing insecurity, and complex medical histories. There might eventually be calls for the removal of “risky” people, opening the door to “social impact” interventions that would justify relocations, enmeshing those targeted in continuum of care programs linked to predatory outcomes-based pay for success contracts.

The systems of power operating today have antecedents. We must to know the history of structural racism linked to epidemiology if we are even to attempt to navigate a path towards justice. A seminal 1977 article by Maynard Swanson, “The Sanitation Syndrome: Bubonic Plague and Urban Native Policy in the Cape Colony 1900-1909,” provides thoughtful analysis of infectious disease as social metaphor used to impose segregation a century prior.

 

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Certainly we are living through extraordinary times. It’s as if the world has changed overnight, but it hasn’t really. As we chart a course forward, we must understand that the place in which we find ourselves is grounded in a deeply racialized past.

As we struggle to comprehend this new reality and protect ourselves and our loved ones and communities, we must also realize that global powers have weaponized public health systems in ways that are unimaginable to most people.

Unless you have a clear understanding of biometric surveillance and human capital finance you will be tempted to dismiss valid concerns as “conspiracy.” That is what they want. They want you to believe in the benevolence of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Marc Benioff, Pierre Omidyar, and god forbid even Michael Bloomberg.

Resist the urge to lash out when people present facts that challenge your prior views. Instead, take time to go to the source and analyze the information for yourself. Exercise muscles of intellectual discernment.

The full truth may never be known, but you will surely not find it in the mainstream media. Follow the money, follow power. Know that technology and finance and military interests are at the center of it all. Fight for as much clarity as you can get, and grow your network. We are living in murky times. Find people you trust and build from there.

Pandemic, Public Health, Policing, And Pay For Success “Solutions”

My research into “pay for success” over the past three years made it clear that health and behavioral health data would be used to fuel the growth of “social impact” finance around the world. Over the past three weeks, however, it has dawned on me that it will also likely be used as a tool of social control. As populations become more volatile with the roll out of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, digital quarantine will be a powerful method of regulating economic systems and human bodies.

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Framing future pandemics as an issue of national security allows public health to be subsumed within an increasingly sophisticated global apparatus of of digital surveillance, predictive analytics, and enclosure. The nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been characterized by asymptomatic carriers and inadequate testing protocols, has led populations around the world to embrace diminished civil liberties and even welcome the opportunity to be deputized as community enforcers.

In our present state of emergency mismanagement, the vast majority of people do not have a solid understanding of the territory into which we are rushing. But the World Economic Forum with its Covid Action Platform does. Theirs is a future of robots and algorithms, where the masses are valued only so far as they demonstrate compliance to a new global order dictated by behavioral economics.

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The spectre of future public health crises will be leveraged by transnational global capital to advance “pay for success” preventative “care,” where “care” is managed through the soft-surveillance of data-dashboards. Venture capitalist Bill Ackman and Solutions Journalism outlets like Atlantic magazine have highlighted the fact that Covid-19 patients with co-morbidities including asthma, diabetes, hypertension or a history of smoking have significantly worse outcomes.

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And that my friends is where Michael, global envoy for the World Health Organization, Bloomberg comes in. As mayor of New York, Bloomberg established numerous precedents for “non-communicable” disease management that conveniently dovetail into “healthy city” initiatives. Once we come out the other side of the immediate Covid-19 threat, I foresee impact investors calling for resiliency and advancing generous grants for “preventative care.”

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Communities that have for decades borne the brunt of environmental racism, food insecurity, trauma, and chronic stress, will be put on self-improvement pathways, lest they become “vectors” of disease transmission in some future viral outbreak. The “solutions” proffered will never eliminate the source of the problem, because that would foreclose future profit. Global hedge funds will link improved pandemic outcomes to data-driven investments in “social determinants of health.” “Public health” can thus be harnessed to manage dissent as a new globalized economic regime based on bio-capitalism is installed.

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For the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffet, health and mental health data is an asset class that sits conveniently at the intersection of “pay for success” profit and coercive force. We must have clarity around this as the world transitions to a “new normal.” It cannot be allowed to become a “normal” that advantages the interests of a billionaire class and the corporate state.

Data for these purposes will be harvested from screen-based devices, including phones and apps, wearable tech, personal digital assistants, and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors integrated into our homes, modes of transportation, and neighborhoods. Data collection will increase as care begins to prioritize tele-medicine and tele-therapy. That transition, of course, is being hastened by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The pace of 5G installation, the infrastructure upon which these Fourth Industrial Revolution systems rely, has ramped up even as we are under stay-at-home orders. In March, the same month that the World Health Organization recognized Covid19 as a pandemic, the White House issued the document: National Strategy To Secure 5G of the United States of America. Keeping a safe distance, we take evening strolls through our urban neighborhood a few times a week. Every few blocks there are new small cell installations, pavement markings for utilities, and loops of cable overhead. Trucks for Verizon, the backbone 5G installer for our city, are a regular feature.

Recent 5G small cell installations, Art Museum area, Philadelphia, USA, April 2020

Even without 5G in place, the digital dust of our tele-presencing has skyrocketed under lockdown. In addition to our regular social media habits, we’ve added zoom meetings, online education, watch parties, organizing events, virtual family visits, classes, and online shopping. As we slog through the coming weeks, if not months, of quarantine, it is vital that we understand our online interactions as signals intelligence.

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We are filling the Internet with information rich in sentiment analysis, a goldmine for folks like Martin Seligman at UPenn’s World Wellbeing Project to analyze for insights into our collective consciousness during a time of stress and uncertainty. We are being coerced into creating training data to inform efforts like DARPA’s Ground Truth program and the DoD’s Minerva Research Initiative. Sandy Pentland at MIT has run living labs to digitally track populations for years in cities like Trentino, Italy. Now it feels like we’ve all been co-opted into one giant experiment. Those in power are working their magic to “learn” the social physics of pandemic.

Consider this a test run.

They’re taking our temperature to strategize the next phase of the campaign.