Third Force

6 March 2005

Never mind the second coming and the fourth dimension, Nancy Skougor and Paul Hilder are sending out the call for a third force:

"We call for the just and peaceful resolution of all conflicts, for the uprooting of fear and want.

From around the world we say: our brothers and sisters in the Middle East have the right to take responsibility for their future.

We call for ceasefires and civil society-mediated talks including all sides, for citizen movements beyond borders to build peace and democracy, and for non-aligned multinational forces to replace US power in Iraq.

...We think we share a vision of a Third Force for peace, democracy and justice – a network-enabled global civil society movement of movements that is self-organising, self-supporting. We think we can work together, beyond borders, independently, to question and transform the other forces of our world".

So, nothing too ambitious then.

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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