Cybercontrol: Has Covid taken the Davosian Elite to the next step?

After the health passport, why not a digital identity check? Essayist Modeste Schwartz talks with Rachel Marsden about the possible similarities between the health and IT crises.

Massive Collapse of Major Social Networks

In early October, there was a massive collapse of major social networks and messaging services.

Most cybersecurity experts believe the failure was caused by a bug in an update to Facebook’s servers. But whatever the problem, the bottom line is that the public’s reaction just proved that many people would be willing to give up their privacy in favor of secure access to their favorite platforms.

The fact that many users of these services are complaining on Twitter provides governments with an argument for more control and regulation to ensure the continuity of these services.

Interest in Identity Control

But how great is the risk that such a scenario will actually occur? Modeste Schwartz, author of Le Magicien de Davos (Culture et Racines), believes that interest in identity control dates back several years:

The issue of digital identity has been in the pipeline in Davos and Silicon Valley for at least a decade, if not longer.

It’s not hard to see how the health passport, with its QR code linked to the holder’s identity, which was supposed to provide a sense of security in the face of the corona virus, could be adapted to digital identification under the guise of securing the Internet and its various services.

For this Davos elite, used to presenting itself as reformist, slow and consensus-oriented, the Covid operation has opened up the possibility of shifting up a gear,” notes Modeste Schwartz.

It’s worth recalling that for the past two years, the World Economic Forum has organized simulations of a major Internet blackout known as “Cyber Polygon.”

The group’s founder and CEO, Klaus Schwab, stated on July 8, 2020, that “the Covid 19 crisis is a minor disruption compared to a major cyberattack.” For him, the health crisis is “a timely wake-up call to the cybersecurity community to prepare for a potential cyberpandemic.”

Klaus Schwab’s prophetic reputation has been greatly enhanced by the success of his “Operation Covid.” If that was successful, why not the digital Covid?”