January 02 - 08 on openDemocracy

I hope you enjoyed the festive period. For the past two weeks openDemocracy has been looking back at the best of 2011 with sections preparing front pages of their own. The quality reflects the quite extraordinary year it has been: from the Arab Spring to the London riots; from the prospect of war with Iran to Putin’s fall from grace; the year of Occupy, SlutWalks and the Euro crisis. All of these are themes featured throughout the last twelve months and two weeks.
23 January 2012

You can see the Editor in Chief's picks kicking us off, followed by 50.50 here and here, OurKingdom here and here, the new Arab Awakening section, oD Russia and finally the best of openSecurity.


Wishing you all the best for 2012 from the openDemocracy team!

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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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