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End of this openDemocracy debate

9 June 2005
openDemocracy's debate on the politics of climate change comes to end this week in the sense that no new articles will be commissioned for the climate main page - at least for now.

A short overview of the whole debate is published here.

The material in the debate continues to have life and relevance, not least in the run up to the G8 summit in July.

Thank you very much to all at openDemocracy who have worked so hard to make the debate possible. Thank you to our commissioned authors. Thank you to those who have posted in the forum. Above all, thank you to all our readers.

As the work here shows, there is much to do (targets and timetables, anyone?).

Caspar Henderson

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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