February 22, 2024

How does a future with statelessness look like? In this article written by Eve Hayes de Kalaf published on The Conversation last August 8, 2021, she explored what it’s like for people who find themselves excluded from this new digital age.

De Kalaf discussed that we didn’t stumble upon this new age of digital data management by chance. International organizations like World Bank and the UN have actively encouraged states to provide citizens with proof of their legal existence to combat structural poverty, statelessness, and social exclusion.

In addition, in one of the author’s conferences, they examined digital ID registrations for discriminatory purposes in other parts of the world. They say that these will likely become more prevalent over the next ten years[1]https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/3395/uns-legal-identity-task-force-opportunities-and-risks: a homeless man will be denied travel on public transport because the bus company only takes cards, not cash payments; a senior African American woman blocked from voting because she cannot provide a federal-issued ID, or a woman told to stop working because the system has flagged her up as an “illegal” immigrant.

Also, while the need for digital ID registrations is pressing, we need to take a step back and reflect on this post-pandemic world. The demands for digital COVID passports, biometric ID cards, and data-sharing track-and-trace systems facilitate the policing of people crossing borders and, increasingly, of the populations living within them. Also, it is pertinent to have a serious discussion about the impending pitfalls of digital ID systems and their far-reaching, life-altering impact.

Editor’s Note: This report and analysis have vast implications for the rabid push for the use of digital vaccine passports. If such a proposal flourishes, we can be sure that we are heading to a full-blown digitalized system, which could then be linked to other freedom-curtailing measures that the government might want to take up.

In the absence of a digital vaccine passport, some countries like the Philippines have utilized a backdoor. In our country, we have the national ID system, but it is only a matter of time before they start using digital vaccine passports. We know that the government has already started rolling out these digital passes[2]https://www.cnnphilippines.com/transportation/2021/4/21/PAL-COVID-19-digital-travel-pass-trial-May-.html[3]https://www.rappler.com/nation/philippines-digital-vaccine-certificate-system-launches-ofws-certain-travelers, despite the fact that less than 30% (as of publication) is vaccinated with at least one shot.

Some people might think that there is nothing wrong with using digitalized ID systems, not until they see the huge possibility for abuse it opens. Ever heard of the social credit system of China? Do we think that we can retain our constitutional freedoms if authoritarianism, artificial intelligence, and your digitalized data are all combined? Do you think there is any room for you to criticize governments and assert your right to self-govern?

Don’t think your government can do this to you? Well, consider the following:

  1. Proof of vaccination is becoming a “necessity” for many countries. This is a tragic infringement of our freedom. [Read France has toppled libertyItaly Makes “Green Pass” Mandatory for All Workers; Mandatory vaccination, now in the PhilippinesGovernments, private institutions promote forced vaccination by other means] Why do governments take great lengths to inoculate everyone? [See This is the reason why authorities want 100% COVID vaccination; Vaccines: Trojan Horses for Global Sterilization and Surveillance;  Global COVID Summit pushes for global vaccination, creation of global fund “for future pandemics”]
  2. Some countries are actively suppressing dissent. In countries like Australia, there is no longer an attempt to hide the illogical actions of the government. These days, the streets are being patrolled by well-suited military and police officers who have no qualms about using violence against people. [See Australian military troops sent to Sydney to help enforce new coronavirus lockdown; US State Governor Issues Authoritarian Measures to Address Covid Challenge; DHS Issues New Terrorism Threat Warning for 90- Days; PNP warns against mass actions protesting against the government’s inoculation program.]
  3. Regardless of the dangers of COVID jabs, governments are implementing unconstitutional policies to get everyone inoculated, even those who have already recovered from COVID that are already protected. [See Covid Vaccines are Bioweapons for Mass Genocide; Dr. Tess Lawrie: COVID vaccines unsafe for human use; COVID vaccines kill two people for every three lives it saves; COVID-recovered individuals risk experiencing more vaccine adverse effects; COVID-recovered patients are protected from reinfection, no need to discriminate against them.] Have you ever stopped to ask: what is the real deal? If this was about a health emergency, why are governments willing to terminate thousands of health workers who refuse to take the jab? [See 117 employees file lawsuit against Texas hospital for mandating COVID vaccine; Largest US Health Care Union Will Fight Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines; Large numbers of health care workers in US refuse COVID-19 vaccine; Thousands of Healthcare Workers Stand Against Government Jab Mandates.]

Like we said before, vaccination is only the beginning. There are worse things that can happen if we fail to protect our freedoms. [See The real threat is authoritarianism, not COVIDProof that the COVID-19 crisis was planned to usher in a new world order.]

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