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openSecurity Advisory Board

31 January 2012

Mariano Aguirre  Director, NOREF. Previously director of the Peace, Security and Human Rights department of the Spanish think-tank FRIDE. Editor, author and contributor, including La Ideologia neoimperial: La crisis de EEUU con Irak (2003), co-authored with Phyllis Ben.

Rosemary Bechler, openDemocracy Editor. Co-founded Peaceworkers UK in 2006, a training project now part of International Alert, and is on the International Alert Board of Trustees. Publications include Unbounded Freedom: a guide to creative commons thinking (Counterpoint, British Council 2006).       

Ivan Briscoe Research Fellow in Governance, Conflict Research Unit, Clingendael Security and Conflict Programme.  Previously worked as a journalist and editor in Latin America, France and Spain.

Alex de Waal  Executive Director, World Peace Foundation; Co-chair of the Consortium on Governance, Security and Justice in Conflict-Affected Situations, a partnership between the Social Sciences Research Council and the London School of Economics. Publications include Darfur: A New History of a Long War, co-authored with Julie Flint (2008).

Jonathan Githens-Mazer Associate Professor in Ethno-politics, University of Exeter; Co-Director of the European Muslim Research Centre. Publications include Myths and Memories of the Easter Rising: Cultural and Political Nationalism in Ireland, Irish Academic Press (2006).

Derek Gregory Peter Wall Distinguished Professor in Political Geographies, University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Publications include The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine (2004).

Mary Kaldor  Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics. Publications include Global Civil Society: An Answer to War (2003) and New and old wars: Organized violence in a global era (2006).  Columnist for openDemocracy

Robert Lambert  Research Fellow at the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter; Co-Director of the European Muslim Research Centre. Publications include Countering Al-Qaeda in London: Police and Muslims in Partnership (2011).

George Lawson Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics; convenor of the British International Studies Association’s working group on international relations and historical sociology. Publications include Negotiated Revolutions: The Czech Republic, South Africa and Chile (2004).

Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal Journalist, security analyst and historian. His research centres on intercultural perceptions in the near and middle east and their impact on British imperial policy. He is the outgoing editor of openSecurity.

Jeffrey Murer Lecturer on Collective Violence, University of St Andrews; Principle Investigator of the European Study of Youth Mobilisation. Publications include Ethnic Conflict: Communal violence as expressions of identity (2010).

Rob Prince Lecturer in International Studies, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Previously worked as the US Representative to the Secretariat, World Peace Council (1985-1990).

Richard Reeve  Manager, Security and Peacebuilding, International Alert. Authored reports on Security and Justice, Human Security and Gender Based Violence.  Previously Research Fellow at Kings College London and Associate Fellow on the Africa Programme at Chatham House.

Gabrielle Rifkind Director, Middle East Human Security Programme, Oxford Research Group; practising psychotherapist and group analyst; convenor and founder, Middle East Policy Initiative Forum. Publications include Making Terrorism History co-authored with Scilla Elworthy (2005).

Paul Rogers Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. Publications include Global Security and the War on Terror: Elite Power and the Illusion of Control (2008) and Why We’re Losing the War on Terror (2008).  Columnist for openDemocracy.

Hanne Eggen Røislien Senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, previously worked as Reports officer for OCHA in Baghdad in 2003. Publications include Bosettere på hellig grunn: En reise blant jødiske nybyggere  [On Holy Ground: A Journey Among the Jewish Settlers of the Middle East] (2006).

Dan Smith Secretary General, International Alert. Previously director of the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo from 1993 to 2001, and Chair of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Advises governments and international organisations on peacebuilding, including through membership of the Advisory Group of the UN Peacebuilding Fund, which he currently chairs.

Mark Taylor Senior Researcher at the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies in Oslo and founding member of the Center for American Progress’ Just Jobs Network. Publications include “The Ruggie Framework: Polycentric regulation and the  implications for corporate social responsibility” Etikk i praksis. Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics (2011).

Nathalie Tocci Deputy Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali; Director of the Institute’s department The EU and the Neighbourhood. Associate Editor of the International Spectator.

Sappho Xenakis Research Associate at the School for Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford. Publications include ‘Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Greece: International Comparative Perspectives. (2011) (co-edited with L. K. Cheliotis).

 

openSecurity editors:

Brigitte Beauzamy, incoming openSecurity Editor: Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Formerly Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Paris 13, she is finishing a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the University of Warwick. Among her latest publications:, La créativité altermondialiste : discours, organisation, action directe (Alter-Globalization Creativity: Discourse, Organization, Direct Action), Lille, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion (2012) ; « Continuities of fascist discourses, discontinuities of extreme-right political actors? Overt and covert anti-Semitism in the contemporary French radical right”, in Ruth Wodak et John E.Richardson (eds.), Analysing Fascist Discourse: European Fascism in Talk and Text, London, Routledge (2012).

Jo Tyabji, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding Editor, openSecurity.  Having completed an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development, Jo is Director of Open Space theatre and member of the collaborative theatre company, Gameshow. Alongside editing for openDemocracy, Jo works for the inclusive theatre company Peckham Shed, where she co-leads the youth theatre. 

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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