Transparency: goose, meet gander

Jeff Jarvis puts his sharp finger on something I’ve felt strongly about for a while.

Schmoozing the powers-that-be at Davos he goes to a session on transparency. It’s off-the-record of course. In a nutshell, it seems like everyone likes the idea of transparent government… but transparent business not so much.

Personally, I don’t see why its in the citizen’s interest to support such a sharp division. In fact, if we’re gonna make our government transparent but exempt business, doesn’t that put government at a big disadvantage in negotiations to try to save some of, you know, our money.

And what use is open government if it’s functions are contracted out to non-open businesses?

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