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There is less than £10,000 to go in our campaign to keep oD open. With the reminder of openDemocracy's early foresight on the Iraq war, our Editor-in-Chief asks you to walk with us over the finishing line.

Magnus Nome
20 March 2013

When we faced the challenge of raising a quarter of a million pounds for openDemocracy to stay open, we knew it would be hard. The possibility of closing was very real.

We would fight tooth and claw to survive and grow but we all knew that success or failure would ultimately depend on how much you – our readers - value openDemocracy.

Two generous donors pledged the first hundred thousand, on the explicit condition that we reached the full sum. 'Almost' wouldn’t and won't cut it, it was all or nothing.

It still is, but we put our faith in you all and your wonderful responses have left us touched, honoured and at £240,000 – only £10,000 left to the finish line!

We just need a little bit more help, and we’re there. We’ve got 11 days.

I hope you want to be part of the final thousands and walk with us across the finish line – whether it’s by donating (or topping up your donation), asking a friend to step up and do so, pestering your circles on social media (#keepODopen on Twitter) – or all of the above.

And should you for a moment waiver in your belief that openDemocracy is important, I urge you to read founder Anthony Barnett on the foresight and clashes of argument of oD's coverage of the Iraq war, it pioneered our approach but two oD writers paid a terrible cost.

The world is just as fallible now as it was then, and the need for an open, passionate and intelligent platform like oD is still as great.

And if (dare I say ”when”?) – we reach the target, I’d like us to do something else: to grow with you, your voice and your support into something better.

Help us climb through the final thousands here. Thank you.

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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