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Brown Recruits Tim Berners-Lee To Make UK Gov More Transparent

The UK government has finally turned to Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of world wide web, to help it to publish and catalogue more data over the web in coming few months, according to the Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The announcement came as a part of the government’s efforts to introduce reforms aimed at bolstering up the transparency of the government in the wake of the highly controversial expense scandal.

In a statement Brown told MPs: “I have asked Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who led the creation of the worldwide web, to help us drive the opening up of access to government data in the web over the coming months”.

Discussing roadmap to deal with the aforementioned scandal, Brown said that the expenses claims of all MPs over the past four years would be made accessible to the internet users “within the next few days”; in addition, Brown further supported improvements to the e-petition system of the government.

However, the government has reportedly been working on to create a centralised database from which all sorts of government info can be accessed.

Incidentally, the government already has a body, named “Power of Information Taskforce”, accountable for opening up state data online.

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Our Comments

Some might call Mr Brown's moves "damage limitation". Another high profile personality, Sir Alan Sugar, has also been approached by the current government to help it restore its image. At this rate, one could expect Dame Helen Mirren to head the Ministry of Culture.

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