Daily Links - 10 October

10 October 2005
The UN sends "Peace Support Operations" to conflict zones worldwide. The 6th part of the Toolkit explains how their work can affect and involve women.

"Root Causes: An Interview with Wangari Maathai" (Dave Gilson, Mother Jones, 05/01/05)
Wangari Maathai's work has drawn together environmentalism, feminism, democratisation, and human rights advocacy. Here she talks about sowing the seeds of democracy in Kenya.

"Blair v Blair" (Patrick Hennessey, Telegraph UK, 31/07/05)
Is Cherie Booth QC now the "official Opposition" to her husband Tony Blair's government, over human rights?

From our archive: "No bargains in the UN basement" (Patricia Lewis, openDemocracy.net, 01/06/05)
Why is the nuclear non-proliferation treaty in trouble? Patricia Lewis reports on the 2005 review conference.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

By adding my name to this campaign, I authorise openDemocracy and Foxglove to keep me updated about their important work.

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