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Working for the people; Candidacy cosmetics

10 June 2005

If there is one thing you may find in the plans of presidential candidates regardless of their political perceptions is the claim of working for the people. This is heard repetitively in TV shows from the candidates themselves or their supporters that they shall work passionately to solve problems faced by people. The focus is on the economy to win the vote of the low and middle class and the candidates of the right wing are focusing almost completely on economic issues, for which they claim having brand new practical theories. Many believe that Iran's corrupted economy is too ill for such cure and are concerned with the fact that the candidates are coming from within the Islamic republic's circle of trust; can we expect a real change?

For the sake of comparison it's good to look back to eight years ago when president Khatami was on the hard seat of debate and his emphasis on social and political demands made many of the Iranians to gaze to monitors and inspired them to vote. Among the current candidates, only Dr. Moeen is translating back that message. Will there be as many listeners?

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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