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Today we unveil a redesign of the openDemocracy site. We encourage you to wander around and provide us with your thoughts, impressions and suggestions so that we can continue to build openDemocracy as a free and open resource of news and opinion for the world to share.

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26 June 2012

Today we unveil a redesigned openDemocracy

We hope you like it!

The new design gives the main site and our sections – OurKingdom, oDRussia, 50.50,, openSecurity, and openEconomy – new areas to highlight their content. The changes include:

  • A highlights bar, including each section’s ‘Pick of the Web’
  • - A front page for each of the sections, featuring the best of the recent stories
  • - A footer bar, where you can sample our sections, as well as projects like Arab Awakening, the Drug and Criminal Justice Policy Forum, and Spread the Word (a space for other non-profit organisations to publicise their activities and share their ideas)

We’ve also added an inner column on each article page, to highlight related projects and debates. Some things have moved, like the link to the Forums, which is now at the top of the page.

We hope the redesigned site will help you discover articles you wouldn’t have come across before, and take part in sharp and smart debates with authors and fellow readers.

It may take you a while to get used to, and some things you’ll like better than others. Please send us your thoughts and impressions to us via this contact form or email [email protected], so that we can continue to tweak and build openDemocracy as a free and open resource of news and opinion.

Now dive in!

The openDemocracy team

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.


By adding my name to this campaign, I authorise openDemocracy and Foxglove to keep me updated about their important work.

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