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A tale of crossing the finishing line with Pearl Legend, some more of your comments and another thank you in the last post of the campaign blog

Andrew Hyde
5 April 2013
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We thought this image would be apt for our final campaign blog. The horse on the left, Pearl Legend, is in a midday race at Ludlow on Wednesday January 20. What's significant about this?

One of our supporters put £10 on it for openDemocracy at 20-1. And it won! The picture shows Pearl Legend jumping the final hurdle, his ears pricked forward in anticipation.

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We thought this image would be apt for our final campaign blog. The horse on the left is Pearl Legend, is in a midday race at Ludlow on Wednesday January 20. What's significant about this?

One of our supporters put £10 on it for openDemocracy at 20-1. And it won! The picture shows Pearl Legend jumping the final hurdle, his ears pricked forward in anticipation.

We're very pleased that the ears, nose, and backside all made it across the line. The support you have given us is also a legend. A cheque with the winnings was sent to Magnus made out to openDemocracy.  

We want to thank you again for the collective effort to keep openDemocracy open, whether you donated, spread the word or provided us with moral support.

In earlier posts we included comments and suggestions from those of you who had donated, including comments asserting that oD needs to enter a dialogue with its readers about its future priorities, and calling for a lively debate about how oD could be put on a sustainable footing.  

Next week we're going to start up a new blog - the oD blog - and we hope some of those issues can be discussed with you there. 

In the meantime here are some other comments that we received during the campaign: 

What would I read when I'm pretending to work if you guys closed. 

[oD] hosts important voices. I don't by any means always agree, but that's the point, isn't it?

Unbiased and open debate and discussion on all aspects of both the 1% and the 99% are badly needed and should be spread as widely as possible

 

A number of you made donations in the memory of others. We hope you don't mind if we respectfully echo those names...

Juan Abugattas, Martha Burk, Angelos Elefantis, Martin Guinan, Fred Halliday, Bill Hamling, Arthur C. Helton, Reinhard Hesse, Paul Hirst, Eric Hobsbawm, Martin Irons, Keith Neild

 

...and extend the tribute to all of you who help make oD what it is. 

 

 

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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