Covid-19 times are not easy; we are not used to dealing with such situations. This experience has forced us to change our ways of acting and our standards. Naturally, the majority of us are very concerned about our privacy, we want to protect our data and our families, and minimize our public exposure.

Teleworking will become much more widespread in many areas. Online training, which is already a reality, will continue growing rapidly. Fortunately, we live in a connected world that offers us countless quality solutions for working and learning at home. Nevertheless, human beings have an intrinsic need to relate with each other, to be close to one another, to travel and to move freely. Although we all have to adapt to this new situation and change many aspects of our lives, we are not going to give up the things we need to feel accomplished, to do our work or to enjoy our leisure time.

However, something as simple as taking a trip on public transport or having a coffee in a bar can become an odyssey if we have to maintain rigorous social distancing measures, or if we are concerned about the state of health of those who are with us. Thus, it is necessary to implement measures that will make it easier for us to safely carry out the activities that we have been doing until now, perhaps at the expense of having to share the data that we previously considered personal.

There are different initiatives which have set out mechanisms through which we could gradually move out of lockdown, such as those of Hostelería de España, Acotex, CEC, Aecoc, etc. Some proposals even present a type of biological passport. However, while coming up with all those solutions, we have to be very careful not to disturb the delicate balance between our rights, data privacy and security.

Alternatives such as blockchain facilitate the development of balanced solutions and will allow to issue visas ratified by governments and health authorities. These instruments will facilitate free movement in much the same way as before, and without exposing confidential or personal information to the public.

An interesting initiative: http://hicard.travel/

 

 

 

 

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.