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:
Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales becoming adviser to British government. Expect “please, can you spare some pennies” banner in Parliament.
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.