Jimmy Wales To Become UK Government Transparency Tsar
“Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales will become an unpaid adviser across all government departments to help civil servants develop “innovative” new technology, reports The Telegraph.
Rohan Silva, the aide to Prime Minister David Cameron, made the announcement yesterday at the South by Southwest (SXSW) technology conference in Austin, Texas.
Wales will help with “open government” initiatives, instructing civil servants on how to harness the power of the Internet to make UK democracy more transparent. His engagement in government has not always been so supportive. In January, Wikipedia voluntarily shut down for 24 hours in protest against the US government’s SOPA anti-piracy legislation, which is similar to the UK’s controversiqal Digital Economy Act.
“He will advise Government on developing innovative new ways technology can be used to give the public a greater say in the policy-making process,” a Whitehall source told The Daily Telegraph.”
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