Community Newsletter

Congrats to LFPH for New Members and New Codebases
On May 25, 2021, our host organization Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) announced 12 new members, three new hosted projects, and its growing leadership in the Good Health Pass Collaborative (GHPC) to advance verifiable credentials and combat COVID-19.

New members include 5 general members, AffinidiConsensys HealthDimagiMTX, and Blockchain Labs and 7 associate members, the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, the CIO Strategy Council, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the Washington State Department of Health, and the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research.

Two of the three new projects, Cardea and Medcreds, are COVID credential projects, whose codebases are now partially available at LFPH. As the projects continue their transition into LFPH, we encourage the CCI community to participate in the projects' activities and use and contribute to the codebases. 

We also look forward to working with more CCI community participants and helping you explore opportunities to work more closely with LFPH.
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CCI News and Updates

Registration Continue: CCI Community Reading Session for GHPC Interoperability Blueprint
The public comment period of GHPC's Interoperability Blueprint is confirmed to happen in early June. Kaliya Young, CCI's Ecosystems Director and the co-chair of the GHPC's Interoperability Working Group, will lead a reading session during the public comment period to help our community understand the comprehensive document and provide feedback.

If you are interested in joining the session, please register your interest asap. We will confirm the date and time once GHPC's release date is fixed.
Media Coverage and Speaking Engagements

Kaliya co-led the Twitter chat campaign #GoodID with UN's Ian Richards and Privacy International's Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion on May 26. Lucy Yang, our Community Director, will speak on the Decentralized Health panel at the upcoming Blockchain Technology Symposium '21.
Update on CCI Membership and Timeline

We are getting really close to finalizing our JDF membership agreement and project charter. The plan is to get it to your hands in early June. Once the process starts, our website logo wall will go back up for what we will call CCI members then! We thank everyone for your patience and support. 

Community Groups Updates

Use Case Implementation Workstream

On May 25, the Use Case Implementation Workstream hosted a session (recording here) where David Chadwick, CEO of Verifiable Credentials Ltd., the software company behind the COVID certificate app for East Kent NHS in the UK, presented the Simple Universal Verifier (SUV) concept. 

Until international standards are in place for all essential interconnecting components, SUV promises to solve a current dilemma where the providers of verifiable credential (VC) wallets support different cryptographic mechanisms, schemas, trust schemes, and policies for requesting VCs. SUV is well-positioned to become a short-term, wallet-agnostic solution that enables the verifier to request a verifiable presentation free from vendor lock-in while utilizing any VC cryptography, policies, schemas, or other requirements. 

An exciting conversation also started to surface regarding biometric authentication during the meeting, a potential topic for a future call!

Rules & Governance Workstream

The Rules and Governance Workstream is preparing a draft of the CCI Governance Framework (GF) v3 to be reviewed by the participants of the workstream. The revised GF adopts the governance framework meta-model created at the Trust Over IP Foundation and is expected to help both existing and emerging digital trust ecosystems quickly adopt the essential aspects. Subsequent to the period of workstream review, the draft will be available to the wider CCI group and thereafter presented to the CCI leadership for approval and general availability as a CCI branded product. In parallel, the workstream is opening up a discussion on governance requirements around self-tests/home-test kits - a topic that is of current interest across many nations.

Vaccine Credentials Focus Group - US Subgroup

The US Subgroup met on May 27 to discuss 'What can / should the group do to jump start VC issuance in the US' (recording here). The main points include the identification of societal and business domains in the US where the issuance of COVID credentials could still be impactful. The domains mentioned were travel, institutions of higher educations and US EHR vendors.

On the US EHR vendor domain, the group discussion centered on ‘where’ in EHR’s data flow to attempt to collect vaccine administration data - ‘pre or post’ an IIS. The vendor example discussed was STC Health which has two access mechanisms, the MyIR mobile app and a Consumer Network access channel.
The group consensus was to pursue in more detail how LFPH:CCI could work with the EHR IIS vendor channels and develop a reference implementation for access to vaccination administration data for individuals.

Community Participants Updates

25+ Proof of Concepts (PoCs) to Solve Real-world Problems

CCI community member Affinidi posted a list of 25+ use cases that use verifiable credentials to enhance the security and trustworthiness of a transaction. The use cases are a compilation of the submissions made by the participants of the Affindi PoCathon 2021. Winner announcement here.

If you would like to submit an update about your organization to be featured in the CCI Community Newsletter, please fill out this form.

Upcoming Events

IdentityNORTH 2021 VIRTUAL Annual Summit
Date: June 2-3, 2021
From inspiring and provocative main stage talks, to dynamic interactions in the virtual UnConference and attendee lounge, the IdentityNORTH 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Summit provided over 500 diverse attendees with the opportunity to network, learn, and explore in new and exciting ways. Event themes will be Restarting the Economy, Global Interoperability and Opening Borders, and Growing Canada’s Digital Economy and Trade. 

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