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Thank you to all of you for helping us reach £250,000 - openDemocracy will stay open!

Magnus Nome
28 March 2013

We did it!

It´s great news: openDemocracy broke through our £250,000 target a few days before the deadline of March 31. This means we won’t have to close and will continue to publish writing, thinking and debates on the world we live in.

And by ”we did it”, we really mean all of us – especially you: readers, writers, donors and supporters who have dug deep into pockets, time and imagination. We can exist only because of your interest and commitment.

Thank you for your solidarity, your funding and your messages.

With a stronger financial foundation, we will not only stay open, but keep developing openDemocracy into what we see as a digital commons, open, accessible and well organised, with our focus where it should be: great and original coverage.

And we want to work with you, listen to what you’ve got to say, especially on what you think we should do better. The Campaign blog will continue as an Editors blog: an informal window into the oD office where we will also share what you tell us is on your minds.

Not a few of you have mentioned that our design and navigation system leave something to be desired… we don’t disagree! With the crisis weathered, this is now a top priority, and as spring comes to the northern hemisphere, you’ll notice some upgrades of our site. You can also look forward to a new section launching this summer: Transformation.

Again, thank you – and watch this space…

Magnus Nome, Rosemary Bechler, Anthony Barnett, Oliver Carroll, Jane Gabriel, Oliver Huitson, Niki Seth Smith, Jo Tyabji, Clare Sambrook, Felicity Cave, Tom Cowan, Zygmunt Dzieciolowski, Bassam Gergi, Shilpa Jindia, David Krivanek, Alex Sakalis, Charles Shaw, Jonathan Bowles, Andrew Hyde, Stuart Weir, Tony Curzon Price

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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