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6 April 2005

Gosh this blogging thing is getting popular isn't it? Hang on... wake up Toto, I don't think we're in 2001 anymore...

Damn mutt. Anyway, since the 2005 UK election's finally been called, it makes sense to look at what my favourite media organisations are making of it. And they're all blogging. Thanks to propaganda.org.uk for pointing out some of the mistakes the BBC is making showcasing its blog, and for highlighting the Today programme's call for 3 listeners to blog their thoughts over the coming month. Currybet.net has a good analysis, including mentions of what the Guardian and Channel 4 are up to. And there's hope from Tom Steinberg over at voxpolitics that  politicians might finally use the internet to get a bit off message. I'm not convinced, and frankly, I find this particular show of net-empoweredness just a wee bit scary. As for openDemocracy, we've got Dominic on the case. Hey, he might even be joining us here in oD Today if we ask him really nicely.

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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