17 August 2021 — Internationalist 360°
Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, a palpable restlessness has set in as people everywhere are desperate to re-enter the world and resume their lives. But in this new reality, even old and familiar activities have a new digital dimension. Fancy a European holiday? Be prepared to present a mobile app or quick response (QR) code as requested while travelling. Hoping to catch a Broadway show in New York City or dinner in L.A.? Planning to return to campus this fall? Odds are that you may have to present proof of vaccination through a mobile app or by other digital means to travel, enjoy theatre, dine out or even attend lectures — in fact, New York City will require proof of vaccination for most indoor activities. While few question the legitimacy of the public health measures, there are rightful concerns about the technologies employed in the process, including digital identity-related tools.