UN Summit weblogs

14 September 2005
The 2005 UN Summit in New York starts today, and openDemocracy is co-editing a daily newsletter together with the Stakeholder Forum. It's called Outreach. The first issue will be circulated to UN delegates and press tomorrow. I was inside the UN building today for the first time. Even the security guards (and there are many) were multinational. This afternoon was quiet, but so far the talk of the town is UN reform, the stale document that has been drafted for the Summit, and what George Bush will say later today. The streets surrounding the UN are full of secret security types in dark suits and NYC police. And if you walk far enough from the UN you might meet the occasional protester too. But overall, I'd say New York is underwhelmed. Here are a couple of blogs it's worth keeping an eye on throughout the Summit. * :::the:::mdgs::: * 2005 ODI Blog * UN Dispatch * World Changing

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.

By adding my name to this campaign, I authorise openDemocracy and Foxglove to keep me updated about their important work.

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