Davos08: Off the record

I’m watching a tech panel with the New York Times’ John Markoff moderating Lenovo, HTC, AT&T. Halfway through, he announces it’s off the record. But all sessions in the main buildilng are supposed to be on the record. After much difficulty over what’s on the record and not a few years ago, that’s the simple rule they came up with. I haven’t heard a thing that would shatter the world and I wonder who insisted on this. It’s ridiculous. And that horse is out of the barn anyway. Scoble is in the front row talking about how he broadcasts live on the internet. He could have been broadcasting the whole time. Too bad he wasn’t. That’d be the horse over the horizon.

  • Lesson on Day 1 of J-school: “There’s no such thing as off the record.”

    It’s a good lesson for life, actually.

  • John Markoff

    Hi Jeff,

    I went and looked at the documentation and you were wrong about everything in the building being on the record.

    specifically the policy reads: “All sessions in the Congress Hall, and in addition Sanada 1&2 of the Congress Centre, are on the record and can be fully reported.

    All the other sessions, including meals, are “off the record.”

    so go figure…