Daily Links - 3 October

3 October 2005
The best guide to UN SCR 1325 and what it means is published by International Alert and Women Waging Peace. Inclusive Security, Sustainable Peace: A Toolkit for Advocacy and Action aims to enable women to engage in peacebuilding and security processes. It is useful as a reference guide, for training and awareness-raising and to enhance understanding and the use of UN SCR 1325 and relevant international agreements, instruments and institutions.

We will be linking to an extract daily, to help explore the issues. The first section gives background and the conceptual framework to UN SCR 1325 (pdf).

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
The full text of the resolution, plus an annotated version, and history and analysis (PeaceWomen.org)

"Islam and democracy can coexist" (Emma Bonino, qantara.de, 28/09/05)

From our archive: "Another world is necessary" (Nawal El Sadaawi, openDemocracy.net, 20/03/03)

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.

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