The Cabinet Office have commissioned a report – The Power of Information – from Ed Mayo (chief exec of theNational Consumer Council) and Tom Steinberg (the man behind mySociety andPledgeBank) to look into the ways government can benefit from user-generatedsites, particularly with a view to creating APIs to allow mash-ups with publicsector data (like the Ordnance Survey). Press announcement here.
Good to see the that the power of Social Media has penetrated to the heart of UK Gov. But can they resist the urge to regulate it?!