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Three days of live music with an eclectic line up of over twenty African, Brazilian & international artists across 3 stages, including host Gilberto Gil. Featuring Macy Gray, Roots Manuva, Hugh Masekela, Jorge Ben Jor, Femi Kuti and The Positive Force, Toumani Diabate, Fatoumata Diawara & many more... Plus talks and debates with leading writers and thinkers including Nigeria's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Paulo Lins, author of City of God; workshops, craft market, Brazilian & African food and drink available throughout. 29 June - 1 July 2012 Old Billingsgate Market, London, EC3 UK. All you have to do for a chance to win one of three pairs of Saturday tickets is send an email with 'Back2Black' in the subject heading to [email protected] and your name could be pulled out of a virtual hat on 28.06.12.

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27 June 2012

Three days of live music with an eclectic line up of over twenty African, Brazilian & international artists across 3 stages, including host Gilberto Gil. Featuring Macy Gray, Roots Manuva, Hugh Masekela, Jorge Ben Jor, Femi Kuti and The Positive Force, Toumani Diabate, Fatoumata Diawara & many more... Plus talks and debates with leading writers and thinkers including Nigeria's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Paulo Lins, author of City of God; workshops, craft market, Brazilian & African food and drink available throughout. 29 June - 1 July 2012 Old Billingsgate Market, London, EC3 UK. All you have to do for a chance to win one of three pairs of Saturday tickets is send an email with 'Back2Black' in the subject heading to [email protected] and your name could be pulled out of a virtual hat on 28.06.12.

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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