My disclosure statement, modelled on David Weinberger’s comprehensive disclosure page on his blog. These disclosures came about when there was widespread concern that bloggers were being hired to promote products – while that concern may be less pressing in 2013, when I updated this than in 2004, when I first posted a disclosure, it seems like a useful document to keep on file.
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 MIT Media Lab as director of Center for Civic Media. The work of Center for Civic Media is supported by the Knight Foundation, which provided initial funding for the Center, and by other foundations and donors, including the Open Society Foundation.
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 and books.
I chair the board of directors for Ushahidi, a Kenyan nonprofit. I’m not compensated for that work. I sit on the boards of PenPlusBytes, a Ghanaian nonprofit; Stichting Global Voices, the Netherlands foundation that governs the work of Global Voices; and Friends of Global Voices, the US partner organization to Global Voices. I receive no compensation for work on those boards.
I sit on the Global Board of the Open Society Foundation, and chair the sub-board for the a HREF=”http://www.soros.org/initiatives/information”>Information Program of the Open Society Foundation, a multi-national foundation funded by George Soros. I am compensated for the time I spend on OSF issues and for my travel for OSF, though it does not represent a major fraction of my income. Through OSF, I work with – and inevitably end up advising – nonprofit technology projects and human rights organizations throughout 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.