Monsters Inc.

29 June 2005

These days the hard liners, who believe in more social limitation and stricter foreign policy, cannot hide their happiness for the election of the new president of their kind. Rumours are everywhere anticipating the upcoming retreat to the atmosphere of early revolution. Ahmadi Nejad himself vowed for a moderate government in his news conference but his supporters are insisting that it is time to get back to principals!

Frightening people looks adorable to them, as it seems. Having foreign enemies for defending them we should stay united (that mean shut up if you have something to say against us otherwise you are a spy). They need enemies to survive. Suppose if one day we make peace with the US, many of them have little to say in their speeches. I hope they discover one day that bringing peace and letting other ideas to talk happily can make a better world firstly for them, themselves. They are humans anyway. Oil is in price peak so I hope they can make some economic difference as they claimed in their campaign.

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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