Facebook CEO commends UK open data policy

Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old CEO of popular social networking site Facebook, has commended British government's initiative to make as much official data available to software developers as possible to let develop applications that will assist general public.

In his speech at Facebook's first developer conference in London, Mark Zuckerberg praised Prime Minister David Cameron, describing him as "insightful".

Speaking on the topic, Mr. Zuckerberg added, "A lot of the stuff that they’re talking about is about opening government data. They want to see good use cases so that it’s worth carrying on doing it."

In addition, he applauded David Cameron and his team’s Tube Warning service, which will offer new information about the London Tube network via Facebook Events.

Mr. Zuckerberg also praised the “Together We Can project” that lets communities to share information to improve their areas.

Earlier in a meeting with Britain’s Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the Facebook chief discussed how the social networking site could help government’s big society agenda to encourage public involvement in more open politics as the site is making efforts to promote itself as a route to broader engagement in politics.