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Summary Report: COVID Health Credentials for International Travel Summit
With LFPH and our member Affindi, we hosted a successful COVID Health Credentials for International Travel Summit. Major players from the travel industry shared particular challenges they have encountered using credentials to reopen. A lot of ideas for our community to explore further and discuss how we can help in the new year! Check out our Community Director's main takeaways from the speaker presentations: 
  • Navigating the new travel reality in the midst of COVID is not easy for anyone.
  • The constantly changing medical and travel rules are a challenge for all.
  • Collaboration is key to more efficiency and less confusion in this difficult time.
  • It’s important to leverage existing offerings when you can and build with the future in mind.
  • We all share an ideal travel journey and trust is needed at different stages of that journey.
Read the full blog post and the summary report of the summit to learn more! 
Summary Report

CCI and Related LFPH Updates

Happy Holidays and New Year Resolution!
Congratulations to all of us for powering through another year in COVID and for the continuous good work we have been doing to fight against the pandemic. This month marked our one-year anniversary of becoming a part of Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH). Thanks to the support and resources from LFPH, we are able to keep advancing our work and potentially expand to other areas of health credentials in 2022. 

The CCI Steering Committee has been working on a 2022 strategic plan to guide where we should be going next year. We will share more with the community once we come back from the holidays. There is one thing that the Committee agreed on - our top priority for 2022 should be aligning CCI more closely to the overall LFPH strategy and other credential initiatives at LFPH, such as the Global COVID Certificate Network and Cardea Project. In this way, we can best leverage the collective efforts and impact to achieve what we all want to achieve - interoperable and privacy-preserving COVID/health credentials. 

Starting this month, we switched our newsletter from bi-weekly to monthly and will keep a monthly cadence in the new year. If you are not a CCI member yet, we encourage you to sign up for our membership (for free) so you can join our Slack to participate in day-to-day community conversations. 

Happy holidays, everyone! We appreciate your support and attention in 2021 and look forward to working with you in 2022.
LFPH Global COVID Certificate Network Update

The GCCN Trust Registry Network Technical Task Force is making good progress with the Proof-of-Concept leveraging the EU ESSIF TRAIN project. In the new year, another task force will be launched to focus on the business and governance model. You can check out the roadmap for the first half of 2022 here.
LFPH COVID Credential Projects Updates

The Cardea Project has made a lot of exciting progress since it joined the LFPH family. In its most recent meeting, the community reviewed the new year roadmap in light of the past year and assessed the status of new protocols on machine-readable governance and out-of-band connection.

Community Groups Updates

All CCI activities are on a hiatus from December 13, 2021 to January 7, 2022. 

Global Implementation Forum

The Global Implementation Forum hosted its last call this year having Kaliya Young and Lucy Yang share (recording here) the takeaways and learning from the COVID Health Credentials for International Travel Summit.

The Forum's next call will be on January 11, 2022 at 7 am PT/ 2pm UTC.

North America Group

The North America Group met (recording here) to have a follow-up discussion of the LFPH webinar, themed "How empowering patients with their digital COVID health information improves public health’s response and outreach".

The Group is switching to monthly calls in the new year and its next call will be on February 3, 2022 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET.

APAC Group

The APAC group had Tobias Looker from MATTR (recording here), the technology partner of the New Zealand government, provide a walkthrough of the technical specification for the New Zealand COVID Health Pass, which has leveraged some emerging but widely implemented standards, and explain the rationale behind the major technical decisions.

The Group is switching to monthly calls in the new year and its next call will be on January 19, 2022 at 11 am HKT / 3 am UTC.

Schema Task Force

The Schema Task Force met once (recording here) to get an update from Paul Knowles on the Data Agreements project and discuss how we can leverage this work particularly for health credentials in 2022.

The Task Force's next call will be on January 17, 2022 at 8 am PT / 3 pm UTC.

Business Rules Task Force

The Business Rules Task Force met once (recording here) to define the next steps of the task force and the group agreed to work on laying out a few use cases as a starting point in 2022.

The Task Force's next call will be on January 12, 2022 at 8 am PT / 3 pm UTC.

Practical Governance Task Force

The Practical Governance Task Force invited a few implementers to evaluate and provide feedback on the drafted Digital Health Credential System Checklist. An update will be shared at the next call.

The Task Force's next call will be on January 12, 2022 at 7 am PT / 2 pm UTC.

Member Updates

  • Evernym is being acquired by Avast, the world’s largest consumer cybersecurity company, to join its growing digital identity division under the leadership of Charlie Walton, who joined in June with a mandate to lead the company’s identity business. Check out the press release here.
All CCI members can submit updates about your organizations or personal projects (if you are an individual contributor) to be featured in the CCI Community Newsletter. To make the submission, please fill out this form.

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