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openDemocracy editors choose a first draft of the best of a decade
Rosemary Bechler
12 May 2011

Can a machine change your mind?
Jane O'Grady, 25 May 2009

The mind is not the brain. Confusing the two leads to a dehumanized world and a controlling politics

Andrei Loshak: Kafka’s Castle is collapsing
Andrei Loshak, 19 March 2010

You can’t reason with the absurd, as IKEA found when it tried to build a model business in Russia

Landscape and identity in a globalised world
Roger Scruton and Ken Worpole, 5 June 2002

How is globalisation changing our sense of place, essential to people’s ability to find meaning in the world?

The Left and the Jihad
Fred Halliday, 6 April 2011

The left was once the principal enemy of radical Islamism. So how did old enemies become new friends?

The World’s Fair
Susan Richards, 5 February 2003

A new world is also a new way of seeing. For Susan Richards, it all came together at Porto Alegre. 

Hooligans of the Absolute
Tom Nairn, 4 October 2001

The impulse of the attacks was not confidence but despair – the strike of a miserable old world against the unsettling but promising new.

Do women and girls have human rights?
Pinar Ilkkaracan, 26 February 2007

The CSW at the United Nations has become a vehicle of global political interests rather than a body to advance women's human rights

Diary of an Uzbek gastarbeiter 
Mumin Shakirov, 18 March 2009

Once a physics teacher in Uzbekistan, Shukhrat works as a builder to keep his family alive. He has been robbed, cheated, almost burned to death

Love and change
Michael Edwards, 22 December 2005

The foundation of a healthy civil society is a marriage of two human faculties often undervalued or misunderstood: reason and love.

The strands of today 
Tony Curzon Price, 13 December 2010

Authors, authority and authoritarianism. A turbulent week raises the question of truth and legitimacy

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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