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Ban on press at Gore's CTIA keynote lifted

Former Vice President Al Gore's keynote address at the wireless show had been listed as closed to the press, but the organizers have had a change of heart.

Former Vice President Al Gore will allow the press to attend his CTIA speech after all. Dan Farber/CNET Networks

Former Vice President Al Gore will allow the press to cover his keynote at the CTIA conference in April, after initially banning coverage of his speech.

The CTIA announced Monday that Gore agreed to let the press into his April 3 keynote "due to a high degree of interest." Gore's talk, which is expected to focus on his work as an environmental activist rather than his role overseeing a mobile computing company as a director at Apple, was initially closed to the press but open to regular CTIA attendees.

Gore had a similar policy in place at last year's RSA Security show, but several accounts, including one by CNET's Rob Vamosi, emerged from the show. Given that most of the people attending CTIA will come bearing smartphones that allow them to blog or send Twitter updates to the outside world, a ban on press coverage was not expected to prevent the content of his talks from escaping the room.

CNET News will be in Las Vegas that week to cover CTIA, and will cover Gore's keynote as well.