Opening Keynote: The Age of Transparency

Following an upbeat lights, music, and video show that highlighted Toronto and the opportunities offered at this conference “to develop the future of your profession,” attendees were informed and entertained by Dr. Don Tapscott, possibly one of the best keynoters I’ve heard. Author of several key business texts, (including Paradigm Shift and The Digital Economy), Tapscott talked today about the arguments from his text co-authored with David Ticoll, The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency will Revolutionize Business. The bottom line is that transparency (information openness) is good for business and information professionals can play a key role—we have the opportunity to help our companies harness the power of transparency.

“Transparency is really information integrity,” he declared. Transparency is a new force where everyone that interacts with a company has unprecedented access to company information and can scrutinize and judge that information. He described the 4 key drivers of this transparency as technological, economic, demographic, and sociopolitical. If you want to know more about him and his thinking, visit his Web site at

Tapscott is President of New Paradigm Learning Corporation, which he founded in 1993, and Adjunct Professor of Management, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. The SLA Marketplace is selling copies of his books and had a book signing after the keynote. I was honored to shake his hand and tell him how much I enjoyed the opportunity to hear him speak.

Paula J. Hane
News Bureau Chief
Information Today, Inc.

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