My disclosure statement, modelled on David Weinberger’s comprehensive disclosure page on his blog.
No one pays me to say – or not say – certain things on my blog, in print, or in radio, TV or newspaper interviews. That said, I accept the idea that one’s professional affiliations and business relationships may influence one’s judgement and therefore I offer the following information about my affiliations so you can better make up your mind whether I’m being fair in my opinions and representations.
I’m employed by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School as a research fellow. My agreement with the Center is that my research focuses primarily on the Global Voices project. At present, I’m not otherwise compensated for my work on Global Voices.
My other major source of income comes from investing money I made from the sale of Tripod.com in 1998. I stopped buying individual stocks around the same time I started blogging – my holdings are in large, managed funds, which would make it difficult for me to shill for a particular stock even if I were inclined to do so.
I also make a modest amount of money from consulting, public speaking and writing articles.
I chair the board of directors for Worldchanging, the nonprofit entity that produces worldchanging.com. I’m not compensated for that work.
I sit on a funding board for the Information Program of the Open Society Institute, a multi-national foundation funded by George Soros. I’m (modestly) compensated for the time I spend on OSI issues and for my travel for OSI. Through OSI, I work with – and inevitably end up advising – nonprofit technology projects throughout the world.
I serve on the advisory boards for several ventures, for and not-for profit. These include the US and Africa advisory boards for FON, a wireless technology company, which has provided a small number of stock options in the company. I also am an advisor to GlobalGiving.com, to KadmusArts.com, neither of which I hold any stock in. I also advise, in less formal arrangements, a large number of other projects around the world.
I am a registered Democrat in the state of Massachusetts, though I tend to break with the party on some economic issues, especially those surrounding free trade. While opinionated about African politics, I have no particular party affiliations.
When I’m writing about issues where I have a distinct financial interest, I will do my level best to disclose my fiscal involvement in the situation. If you feel I haven’t done so clearly enough, or have other issues with this disclosure policy, please let me know.