Invisible Children

14 December 2005

A couple of days ago, I found this website: www.invisiblechildren.com .Three American students made a documentary on child soldiers in Uganda. These children are invisible because they don’t seem to appear anywhere on the world’s map, in people’s minds. I was shocked by the trailer, by the testimonies of the children.

Today, the UNICEF released its annual report on the state of the world’s children. According to this report hundred of millions are left completely defenceless, helpless. The UNICEF calls them “Invisible Children”. The figures are literally appalling.

I have been on the UNICEF website, I have watched the videos, I have read the report and I still don’t know what to say.


This blogpost is to spread awareness, to ask you to go on the website and read the report.

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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