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Does FOI help policy making?


The government has announced that the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, is to be an unpaid adviser, supporting its agenda to open up policy making to the public. According to the Cabinet Office he will work with the government on developing innovative new ways in which technology can be used to give the public a greater say in the policy-making process.

The government has pledged to publish much more information than its predecessors - Sanchia Berg looks at how it is doing. And Hans Rosling, founder of the Gapminder Foundation which promotes sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development, explains his belief that it is the value added to the data which makes it useful to the public, not the data itself.

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