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openDemocracy blogs the London Film Festival 2005

27 October 2005

Welcome to openDemocracy’s London Film Festival 2005 blog. openDemocracy has been reviewing films from the festival for the last three years. This year the selection of films on show has been so expansive that we have set up a special blog to cover it. With over 180 films from nine different strands to watch we have sent out openDemocracy staff , writers and friends to report back to us what they thought.


See also Colin MacCabe’s history of the festival for an introduction to the philosophy behind it.


If you have been to a festival film and would like to blog your thoughts please email Charlie Devereux at [email protected]

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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