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World Economic Forum's Slow-Motion Transparency

The World Economic Forum is going to do some “Broadcasting, Podcasting, Webcasting and Blogging” at its annual meeting later this month. Too bad they’re not putting everything out for public consumption, but this is progress.

Last year’s meeting produced a controversy when former CNN honcho Eason Jordan apparently said some stupid things (Washington Post) in an “off the record” session that predictably found their way online. But neither CNN nor the WEF ever coughed up a tape of the event, so we still don’t know what Jordan said, precisely — a ridiculous situation.

Suggestion to the WEF: Go for greater if not total transparency. You can’t hold panel discussions with lots of people in a bloggish world and expect that “off the record” means anything anymore in such venues.

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