Delicate issues

10 November 2005
Dear Sarah and wonderful colleagues at Open Democracy.
Greetings from Durban, South Africa.
Please I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the opportunity to participate in the blog. I must admit this was my first experience and I enjoyed it tremendously. I learnt a lot from various conflict issues for women in other parts of the globe. Interestingly, most of the delicate issues we experience as women are very similar and hopefully we can share strategies for successful interventions from our various contexts. So please could you provide the list of blog members with their contact details, possibly their email contacts so that we can keep in touch with each other beyond the blog. Possibly we can also link them to our networks in their specific parts of the world.
I would really love to participate in such an event again, and I have gotten so used to all of you. I miss Alexandria’s contributions, hope she is feeling much better.
Congratulations on a successful blog and more achievements for the future!
Yours kindly,

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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