Election posters

6 June 2005

These days in Tehran, walls are adopting new coverings and "banners of different sizes":http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/election84/ are gesticulating for attention, praising different candidates and appealing for more votes. Examining the banners if one can manage not to get bored can bring an insight view of the current situation in the society as the election mottos are perfectly manifesting what is not there in Iran.

"Fresh air and hope" is what Larijani is promising with his artificial simile. Ghalibaf is doing his best to be good looking, dressing as a pilot on the deck of an Iran airplane, his banners are many with the promise of good life to Iranians showing jubilant youngsters cheering for national soccer team in stadiums (His police force was the key opponent of expressing joy in public). Rafsanjani is also very active and his supporters are voraciously attaching his posters are around the city, with the face that people are indeed tired of and his invitation “Together, let’s all work”. Moeen promises that he will "Build the homeland again."

The common phrases in all of the posters are “people”, “Iranians” and “Youth” about whom government has no clue but are in the center of attention now out of the blue!

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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