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Hello World from CCI

Since CCI formed about three months ago, nearly 300 individuals from 100 organizations have participated in and joined our cause. Now that we have better identified our unique value proposition as a global community, we have published our first blog: "Hello World from the COVID-19 Credentials Initiative". 

We hope this blog serves as a great introduction to our mission and our commitment to open collaboration, open standards, and the protection of the fundamental privacy and data rights of all stakeholders.

CCI Workstream Updates

Use cases
We have been focusing primarily on two aspects: demos by local VC projects and joint development of CCI use cases.

In the demo sessions, local VC projects that participate in CCI demonstrate how they implement COVID-19 credentials, what the user interfaces and interactions look like, and how the solutions are governed. The purpose of these demos is exchanging best practices, sharing learning experiences, and seeding kernels for networking and collaborations.

In the use cases, applications of COVID-19 credentials are worked out in terms of user stories, technical requirements, and (pseudo-)data models. We develop use cases for COVID-19 credentials, their combination with other credentials, and possibilities of derived credentials. Other use cases include solutions to improve assurance/trust and countermeasures against coercion and other undesirable side effects from deploying COVID-19 credentials.

Rules & Governance
We are promoting the wider distribution of the CCI Governance Framework V1 (CCI GF V1) documents within and external to the CCI community. We are also currently completing translations of the CCI GF V1 documents across more than 10 languages (please see some completed versions: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Polish, Spanish, Malayalam). This is likely a first instance in which a set of SSI governance documents is being produced in a wide range of languages. Deliberations are ongoing during June around topics in the V1 document set, which may be adjusted and improved for the CCI GF V2 documents.

Our upcoming plans are to increase collaboration with local VC implementations to validate the practical adoption of the CCI Governance Framework. Medcreds, a participating organization at CCI, has agreed to adopt the CCI GF (see their public announcement here). We will also work on developing foundations and preliminary milestones for the CCI GF V2, with a special focus on enabling easy adoption into projects that are underway and in development. We are in conversation with MyData’s COVID-19 initiative as they are attempting to achieve similar goals with their governance framework.

Tools & Technology
We have been working to identify potential homes where we can conduct technical development to support use cases under IPR protection. One candidate in discussion is the Decentralized Semantics WG at the Trust over IP Foundation.

We are inviting providers of technical solutions that are aligned with CCI use cases to present at our weekly meetings. Two recent demos were esatus AG’s Simple2Proof, developed to demonstrate UC2: Proof of COVID-19 Status, and IdRamp’s Health Portal (video starting from 8:00), which is relevant to UC5: Proof of Need for Test.

We have had two CCI participants demo their projects in the past month: SafeInSisters and Enduring Net. The purpose of these demos is to share technical insights and learn from each other’s development experience.

Coordination, Communications & Inclusion
We have been working to clarify implementation details for the new structure proposed in the CCI Strategic Guidelines. The new structure is intended to organize CCI activities more efficiently and support our mission, while avoiding any disruption to our existing workflows. Know that we plan to work closely with workstream leads to set up a CCI leadership team and continuously improve upon this structure and process. 

We published our first blog post introducing CCI to the world (thanks to all who contributed). We are currently setting up processes to enable workstreams and community members to share work progress and perspectives and help CCI build a public profile and offer thought leadership. We also started a bi-weekly community newsletter to keep CCI participants up to date with all aspects of our work.
Lastly, we have been participating actively in other communities (e.g. W3C CCG, DIF, MyData) in order to share CCI’s work and explore strategic partnerships and collaboration opportunities.

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