Daily Links - 17 October

17 October 2005

Transitional justice systems play a key part in reconciliation. The Toolkit’s 11th section highlights the role women play in this process (by IA and WWP).

LIBERIA: Girl power takes centre stage as elections near (irinnews.org 7 Oct 2005)
Are the elections in Liberia going to be a model of gender equality?


"The Relevance of Gender for Eliminating Weapons of Mass Destruction" (Carol Cohn with Felicity Hill and Sara Ruddick, Disarmament Diplomacy, No. 80, Autumn 05)
Why do women have something very different to say about disarmament? This article focuses on weapons from small arms to WMDs.


From the archive: “I was a child soldier”  (Osman Bah, opendemocracy.net, 22/01/04). Is Liberia going to change? The experience of a child soldier makes us wish for it.

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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