Public bodies should automatically release all information that does not need to stay secret, the information commissioner is expected to argue.
Richard Thomas, who is stepping down, will say all but the "crown jewels" should be released without waiting for Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.
He will add that the MPs' expenses row was a "coming of age" for openness.
Well, it ain't going to happen overnight, but the fact that the "o"-word is flavour of the month - even arch open data fan Sir Tim Berners-Lee is being brought in to advise - should mean that more will get done in the next few months than in the previous decades. What we're aiming for is nothing less than a presumption of openness for government.
11 June 2009