Endorse or Reject?

29 May 2005

It is hard to think what Moeein should do considering this situation. Hoder has made a very interesting survey (Link to his post) with the e-pool he designed that gives a clue that many of those who have read his post would not like Moeein to endorse the approval for candidacy after "ORDER" from the supreme leader (because it is undemocratic). I think people expect reformists to heal the trust and prove that they can make the changes people have been expecting for eight years, and this way of running certainly can not fill that gap. The impressions of many ordinary Iranians that I talk to are: "They are all the same! Reformist or conservative".


For the reformists to do anything, it is not really important whether they continue their campaign or not, but how to win back the trust that they lost! And at what price?


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.

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