Are we all neon lights? A conversation with Luis de Miranda

An openDemocracy event on Friday, March 2nd 2012 7-9pm at The Hub, Kings Cross
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29 February 2012

This Friday Luis de Miranda - novelist, philosopher and cultural commentator - comes to London after visits to Iceland, Kaliningrad and Paris. 

Luis will be presenting the English translations of two of his books, "Is a new life possible?, an essay on Deleuze and the revolution", and the novel "Who killed the poet?"

The event, hosted by openDemocracy editor Tony Curzon Price, will take place at the Hub on York Way, King's Cross. Register for tickets here (entry is free).

In this podcast prefiguring the event, Luis and Tony explore how the digital realm has changed us.

Are we need-machines, or only made so?

If you live by the code, will the code destroy you?

'L'etre ou le Neon", that is the question

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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