Wikepedia chief and co-founder, Jimmy Wales accepted a position with the British government as an unpaid advisor for open policy creation and other technology-based initiatives. Using his extensive technology and business savvy, Wales will instruct civil servants on how to best engage the public via the internet and available online software.
Efforts are currently underway to merge many government websites into one all service area where users can engage in making policy and learn more about how to help representatives make more informed decisions. British officials have been attempting to gain momentum with their efforts to access the public and make regulation and legislation more accessible to citizens for years and the addition of Wales marks a new high for their campaigns.
Let’s see what people on Twitter had to say about the Wikipedia founder entering into public service:
http://t.co/0uoRLYJB Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia Founder to become UK #government advisor. Good news I’d say yeah?
@jimmy_wales as policy transparency adviser. Simple fix: get rid of #FOI S35 & S36 exemptions: http://t.co/hgnliifeGov appoints
@jafurtado Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales becoming adviser to British government,by Jamie Keene /The Verge http://t.co/nkjFt2OCHow about that! RT
@jimmy_wales congratulations! Great to have you advising UK gov. Let us know next time you’re over, would love to talk http://t.co/Py0jZbxg
Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales becoming adviser to British government. Expect “please, can you spare some pennies” banner in Parliament.
#Golem: Open Government: Jimmy Wales berät britische Beamte http://t.co/KpsemOMf #Internet #WWW
@jimmy_wales – becoming an adviser to the British government. http://t.co/3qd5ydGyThis is a great move for
Sounds to me like Wales is a welcome addition. It definately helps to have an experienced entreprenuar of his caliber onboard. I can’t wait to see what change he can bring about. When the public can be heard before legislation is passed, things are bound to change for the better. I am curious what others think about that.