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What we are reading - January 23, 2012

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22 January 2012

Economic Reform in Morocco, The Road Not Taken Fair Observer, Samia Errazzouki

The recent self-immolations of unemployed graduates in Morocco’s capital illustrate an increasingly dire economic situation created by decades of authoritarian politics.

Year One of the Egyptian Revolution: Some Lessons Al Musry Al Youm, Roger Owen

Professor Owen looked at Egypt's Tahrir Square revolution in the light of the revolutions of 1919 and 1952, drawing on them to indicate some of the problems and possibilities ahead.

Algeria: Sidi Bouzid Fever Spreads AlAkhbar, Mourad al-Traboulsi

The threat of larger protests throughout Algeria has been growing for some time as President Bouteflika’s five-year plan appears to be lagging behind.

Major Tunisian Secular Parties Announce Merger Tunisia Live, Asma Ghrib

Three major secular opposition parties announced their decision to merge at a press conference held on Wednesday in downtown Tunis.

Egypt's women missing from formal politics Ahram Online, Hania Sholkamy

The remarkable revelation of the Egyptian revolution concerns women. It turns out that the women of Egypt are at the heart of our politics.

The Current Media Landscape in Egypt Jadaliyya, Interview

With the first anniversary of the January 25 uprising in Egypt fast approaching, Egypt’s military junta has stepped up its media campaign against democracy activists.


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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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