Tim Berners Lee is now charged with unlocking public information! Wow. This is an appointment to outshine Ronaldo and Kaka heading for Madrid. There is data locked up in government which can be put to public uses that civil servants never dreamed of.

Though credit is in no way for me, I co-authored the original 2007 Power of Information report with Tom Steinberg. The Guardian says that this is now ‘the heart of government policy’ but the truth is that we only set in train efforts to unlock public information for wider re-use and there’s a lot more to do!

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