Following the recent expenses scandal that has shaken up British Parliament, this week Prime Minister Gordon Brown has appointed World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee to help make British government data more Internet accessible to the public over the next few months. Berners-Lee, a long-time proponent of increasing transparency of data on the web, said of the project:
- "This is our data, this is our taxpayers' money which has created this data so I would like to be able to see it please."
To learn more about Berners-Lee's appointment, see this BBC article.
See our previous blog entry to learn more about the British expenses scandal and differences between British and American approaches to public records.