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31 March 2005

This came through the grapevine (email) from Danny Postel:

New Progressive Foreign Policy Blog

The Security and Peace Institute (SPI), a joint initiative of the Center for  American Progress and The Century Foundation, has launched Democracy Arsenal, a new group blog on US foreign policy and global affairs. The  contributors, all prominent policy experts, include: Suzanne Nossel, Michael  Signer, Lorelei Kelly, Heather Hurlburt, and Derek Chollet.

Visit Democracy Arsenal for daily perspectives on current issues, insights into the world of global policymaking, and thoughts on what a progressive foreign policy should look like.

The Century Foundation are partners with openDemocracy in the Ethical Edge debate series at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Next debate should be in a month or two, and you will be invited.

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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