openDemocracy event London: oD author Charles Shaw asks 'Who's addicted to the War on Drugs?'

22 October 2010

You are invited to join Charles Shaw, openDemocracy author and activist and acclaimed documentary maker and criminologist, Roger Graef for an evening of discussion and testimony of drugs policy and criminal justice on:

7pm, Tuesday 16 November 2010

The Hub34b York Way, Kings Cross, London, N1 9AB

Limited number of places: please email [email protected] to reserve a place.

What is it that maintains our mixed up and contradictory drugs policies – often in the face of expert consensus? What is the balance of damage being done to individuals by drugs and the system of punishing drug taking? What should our social and personal attitudes towards different drugs be if there were fuller decriminalisation?  And why are attitudes to alcohol and tobacco so different?

Read more on Charles Shaw's projects 

The openDemocracy Drug Policy Forum

The Unheard Voices Project


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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