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Government cites Facebook and Twitter as inspiration for its openness agenda

V3 - The government has said that its digital services agenda is partly inspired by firms that embrace openness, such as Twitter and Facebook.

The claim was made at the Open Government Summit in Westminster on Wednesday by Government Digital Service (GDS) innovation and delivery proposition director Mark O'Neill.

He said government services need to be built using open source technology and open standards in order to lower IT costs, create interoperability for service users and further the government's open data strategy. The social media giants were compelling examples of this, he added.