British Enlist Inventor of World Wide Web to Increase Transparency of Government Data on the Internet

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.