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Video: "We dream of a common democracy"

Today, the Red de Innovación Política en America Latina (the Latin American Political Innovation Network) are launching a series of 10 web-episodes, “Politica Recuperada”.

Red de Innovación Política en America Latina
20 February 2017

 

In a context of ever-expanding globalisation, and amidst a global wave of populism, there are growing concerns regarding the health of our democratic systems – not just in Latin America, but worldwide. They are being blamed for such problems as fractured and violent societies, environmental degradation and growing inequality. What’s more, the politically disenfranchised are increasingly turning their backs on hard-fought democratic values, and instead looking towards dangerously regressive alternatives to the unfavourable status quo.


This series responds to these concerns, and shares the thoughts and experiences of a network of young activists, government leaders, researchers and civil society actors. It tackles important social issues such as gender equality and sexual freedom, the lack of care of biodiversity, open and collaborative culture, hyper-urbanisation, citizen participation and the overall impact of new technologies. And in doing so, this network not only seeks to provide a new democratic vision for Latin America, but also start to transform this into reality.


Click here to see the series.

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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