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26 August 2011

9/11: How Remembering Tells Our Future

9 September, 7 p.m., Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ. Tickets from £10. (Each ticket includes a copy of Granta 116.)

In the past decade, the events of September 11, 2001 have been told, retold and reflected on. But how has this story been told to support certain agendas? And how does how we remember a historical event impact our perspectives? Granta publisher Sigrid Rausing, Granta contributing editor and chinadialogue.net editor Isabel Hilton and openDemocracy editor Tony Curzon-Price discuss the media, memory and 9/11. In association with openDemocracy. Click here to book tickets.

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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