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28 January 2005

The massive Congress Hall is full, people attentive, engaged and definitely enthusiastic, there is belief in the air…interesting argument really, a brilliant approach designed by Brown, but Mkapa’s position is clearly one of governance and accountability…the facility appears to be linked to moving money through transnational delivery systems like GAVI, these are two deals not one, but tied at the hip…GAVI is clearly not controlled through any traditional democratic process…but it has been amazingly successful, so what does this mean, how do we deal with this…my conversation at the Accenture dinner (see other blog) about the limits of democracy are suddenly live, immediate, with a possible massive social and economic innovation on the table that will walk around national methods of representation that so many have fought to make real…is this the start of a new phase of global governance, just as AccountAbility predicted in its early work on partnership accountability…how can GAVI be held to account when the inspired have moved on, and the lights have been turned off, and these global partnerships have lost their innovative edge and are more like the massive global bureaucracies that have dogged our past…or can we see a light and work on the governance and accountability dimensions of this before it goes wrong.

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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