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The WSF is all about peace. So why are there military vehicles with missile launchers decoratively parked out on the street? To show off Venezuelan ingenuity the soldier guarding them tells me. They are not armed, but would be jolly good for shooting down planes if they were. When 100,000 tourists show up in your country, I guess it's the job of government PR folks to show off what they're proud of. But the irony of this particular display, was apparently lost on some. The mayor of Caracas pandered a little more cleverly to his audience by handing out free (pirated?) CDs with reggaeton music to activists walking the streets. I wonder if Daddy Yankee knows...

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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