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Thorn in the side of Iran's conservative Majlis

30 May 2005
When I read "this article":http://news.ft.com/cms/s/05e6eb14-cf14-11d9-8cb5-00000e2511c8.html from the Financial Times, I was reminded of the extraordinary courage of Iranian women and the significant role they've played in every 20th century revolutionary movement in Iran. Sadly, after each movement (the 1906-11 Constitutional Revolution, the 1951 oil nationalization, and most notably the 1979 revolution) achieved "victory", women's rights issues were shunted aside. Women like Ms. Alinejad will likely ensure that doesn't happen again.

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.

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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.

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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.

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