Tim Berners-Lee, often credited as the inventor of the World Wide Web, says he would be really disappointed to see governmental transparency projects shut down in an attempt to reduce costs. He also urged the government not to use austerity measures as an excuse to shutter data sharing projects.
Addressing an audience at the inauguration of a W3 consortium office, Sir Tim Berners-Lee said that it does not increase operating costs to release data into the open.
"What would be a shame would be if people use 'depend on money' as an excuse to be lazy and not be transparent," Tim Berners-Lee told the Register at the W3C media event in Oxford. He continued, "In today's world, if you can store something it's pretty much as easy to store something in public as it is in private,".
While Mr Lee complimented efforts put by the UK government to ensure transparency, he was critical of the US government and commented that the importance of transparency through open data has not decreased.
He also encouraged the press and other concerned organisations to pressure the government on this issue.