Transparency leaps out as a pervasive dynamic in Davos today. Perhaps it’s fitting as Hugette Labelle, chair of Transparency International, is one of the Annual Meeting co-chairs this year. But it’s more than that.
Davos was once a far more private affair. Sure, the world knew it was happening and there were always flag-draped photo ops. But only the big speeches could be covered by the press.
Now everyone is tweeting from every session — despite the still-published request to follow discreet Chatham House Rules.
This morning at a session on “The Social Technology Context,” Chan Yuenying, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, said that in China social media has created “an arms race between control and freedom.” I immediately thought of the sensitivity of that remark in China. But today her comment was immediately tweeted by people in the room.