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State of the blogosphere

4 August 2005
The chief geeks at blog search engine, Technorati have put together a facinating report on global weblog activity - here's part 1 and part 2. Tomorrow, there'll be a part 3. A couple of amazing and inspiring facts from the summary: * Technorati was tracking over 14.2 Million weblogs, and over 1.3 billion links in July 2005 * The blogosphere continues to double about every 5.5 months * A new blog is created about every second, there are over 80,000 created daily * About 55% of all blogs are active, and that has remained a consistent statistic for at least a year * About 13% of all blogs are updated at least weekly * That's about 10.4 blog posts per second, on average * Weekends tend to be slower posting days by about 5-10% of the weekly averages * Worldwide news events cause ripples through the blogosphere Have you created a blog today?

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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