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Arab Awakening extends a warm welcome from openDemocracy to our columnists who will be writing This week's window on the Middle East. Each week, ten columnists based across the region will take up the challenge, 'You tell us', highlighting voices, views and perspectives as they reflect what is happening on the ground in their countries. To stay up to date with their columns, bookmark our You Tell Us page and follow the columnists on twitter.

Arab Awakening
18 May 2012
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Karim Adel is manager of the rap group Arabian Knightz and a music professional in Cairo, Egypt.

 

 

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Rhiannon Smith works to foster economic development as a trainer, researcher and translator in Tripoli, Libya.

 

 

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Rohan Talbot works on community development, maternal health, and children's rights in Palestinian refugee camps in northern Lebanon.

 

 

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Rita from Syria is an opposition activist, living and studying in Damascus.

 

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Ahmed Medien is a freelance journalist and an economics student at the Mediterranean School of Business in Tunisia.



 

 

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Sacha Robehmed is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a writer in Dubai focused on the arts.

 

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Tom Dale is a British journalist and photographer based in Cairo, Egypt.

 

 

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Sara ElGaddari is a Libyan-British doctoral researcher with professional and research expertise in the diplomatic and foreign relations between Libya and Great Britain.

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Ali Gokpinar is a Fulbright grantee who focuses on conflict resolution, peace building, and civil war from his home in Turkey.

 

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Meriem Dhaouadi is a youth activist working to promote civil and human rights in Tunis, Tunisia.

 

 

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Sameeha Elwan is an MA student of Culture and Difference at Durham University, and a Palestinian blogger from the Gaza strip.

 

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Michael Stephens is a researcher on ethnic and social identity at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Qatar.

 

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Hasan AlHasan is a Bahraini currently pursuing a Master in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics.

 

 

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Soha Farouk is an Egyptian researcher with a special interest in the dynamics of collective action and democratic governance.

 

 

Amro Ali is a graduate of the Australian National University. He is a political analyst, scholar and stand-up comedian, currently based in Alexandria, Egypt. 

 

 

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Kacem Jlidi is a Tunisian youth activist and blogger from Kairouan, a semi-rural city in the interior of Tunisia.

 

 

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Tareq Baconi has an MPhil in international relations from the University of Cambridge and is currently completing his PhD at the School of Social Science and Public Policy at King's College, London.

 

 

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Mohammed Suliman, 22, is from Gaza where he obtained a degree in English literature from the Islamic University of Gaza.

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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