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Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen spoke about power, justice, and ‘capabilities’ in the Demos Annual Lecture 2010. Watch the debate and revisit our archive
Amartya Sen
17 March 2010


In honour of Amartya Sen in the openDemocracy archive:

A theory of human rights by James R Mensch,

Under one roof: a Brazilian in Goa by Arthur Ituassu

Poverty and political freedom by Rajeev Bhargava

The missing value in British politics by Nick Couldry

Michael Collins on Identity and Violence

 

 

 

 

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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