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BBC Democracy Day: UK government 'world's most transparent'

The UK government has emerged as the most open and transparent in the world, according to global rankings looking at access to public data.

The man who invented the web - Sir Tim Berners-Lee - said the UK is doing well but is also one of the worst countries for spying via the internet.

Sir Tim, whose World Wide Web Foundation compiled the table, added that the country has "a long way to go" before it has a fully open government.

He called on governments around the world to publish more data to deliver true transparency and accountability.

The BBC's Home Editor Mark Easton went to meet him.

Democracy Day takes place on Tuesday 20 January, across BBC radio, TV and online.

Go to the BBC News website's Democracy Day page, for analysis, backgrounders and explainers on the debate.

  • 20 Jan 2015
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