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Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution

12 March 2012

From Main Street to Wall Street, today’s social movements blur boundaries between artist and activist, hacker and dreamer. But the principles that make for successful creative action rarely get hashed out or written down. Until now. Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution brings together ten grassroots groups and dozens of seasoned artists and activists to distill their best practices. Among the groups included are Agit-Pop/The Other 98%, The Yes Men/Yes Labs, CodePink, The Ruckus Society, Alliance of Community Trainers and Nonviolence International. 256 pages, $25, available as a paperbackor ebook. ORDER DIRECT! It’s cheaper for you, better for everyone. www.orbooks.com

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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