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Sixty-five percent of citizens across the world do not think their country is governed by the will of the people, a poll commissioned by the BBC suggests. The Gallup International Voice of the People 2005 poll questioned more than 50,000 people in 68 states for the BBC World Service survey about power. Only in Scandinavia and South Africa do the majority believe that they are ruled according to their wishes.


 democracy direct democracy politics opinion public
Web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee has unveiled his latest venture for the UK government, which offers the public better access to official data. A new website,, will offer reams of public sector data, ranging from traffic statistics to crime figures, for private or commercial use.


 UK public database government Tim Berners-Lee
More and more public agencies, non-profits and other organizations are looking for ways to open up their data and expand global access to this kind of information.


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Material that is published on Twitter should be considered public and can be published.


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Experts have welcomed the UK government's decision to open up a range of data relating to healthcare, travel, house prices and weather forecasting.


 government data UK freedom public information database