Iran Scan 1384

29 November 2005
It‘s the year 2005 (1384 in the Iranian calendar). Welcome to the only English-language site for news and views about the Iranian election co-authored by Iranians and non-Iranians.

openDemocracy.net has invited leading Iranian pro-democracy journalists and bloggers from Tehran, Toronto, and Washington DC and beyond – to share their observations on the 8th presidential elections as they unfold over the next weeks. The election is on June 17th, 2005.

In April 2005 openDemocracy began an article debate on the possibility of referendum in Iran, starting with an article by Mohsen Sazegara and continued with contributions from Mehrangiz Kar, Afshin Molavi, Farideh Farhi and many others.

You can reach the editor of this blog, Solana Larsen, on [email protected] or at openDemocracy‘s New York office on (+1) 646 220–1459. Please direct press enquiries to her.

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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