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Government Data Transparency Called For By Web Inventor, Berners-Lee

     
6:31 pm on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Government Data Transparency Called For By Web Inventor, Berners-Lee [news.bbc.co.uk]
Countries should be judged on their willingness to open up public data to their citizens, the inventor of the world wide web has told the BBC.

He said "openness of data and the neutrality of the network" should be considered as important as free speech.



Open data could now be considered a basic right of citizens, he added.

"I think obviously there are more fundamental ones, but within a democratic society if the democracy is going to work you have to have an informed electorate," he told the BBC.

He said this was of particular importance for developing countries.

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Somewhat related in timing is the release of OS map data (and initially postcode data was in the consultation I believe) for the UK.

The Register [theregister.co.uk] wrote a recent article covering that.
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an informed electorate


Yes please, partisan politics is rather stale lately so a touch of "voice of the people" would be nice too.
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Remember this happy thought, kiddies, when your stuff is ripped simply because you put it on the web. "and it should be free..."
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Remember this happy thought, kiddies, when your stuff is ripped simply because you put it on the web. "and it should be free..."


This thread is about transparency of Government (Public) data - what's your point?
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The US technology chief has called on developers to build the "YouTube" of government data.


US calls for 'YouTube' of government data [news.bbc.co.uk]