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    Nobody pays me to write any of the copy on my blog, and should I ever have the good fortune that they do, I will declare it. My main employment is as the owner and principal of The Future Place consultancy. The Future Place provides two key services 1) training and services to industry and academic bodies and 2) consultancy services to companies. The details of the companies I work with are a private matter, but if I blog about any company who has paid The Future Place more than expenses recently (approx. two years) I will mention that they are a client. I hold equity in Virtual Surveys and provide consulting services to them from time to time. I am paid to run courses for a number of trade bodies and over the last few years clients have included ESOMAR, AMSRS, MRS, and MRIA.

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DP Dan

Great idea David. In fact, PayPerPost created http://www.disclosurepolicy.org/ last year with David's idea in mind. Disclosure Policies should be a standard part of every blog, just as Privacy Policies are for personal data/ecommerce sites. Given that people blog for so many reasons and conflicts take so many forms (cash, equity, exclusives, passes etc.), it all starts with matching expectations of blogger and audience -- and a Disclosure Policy linked form every page of a blog helps match those expectations.

Ray Poynter

David, good point. I have on a couple of occasions declared an interest, but I think I could do that more often. As you say it is only a step in the right direction as it covers acts of commission, when I say something positive, but not acts of ommisssion, cases where I don't post something which perhaps I ought if I were the BBC.

David Weinberger

Ray, would you consider posting a disclosure statement so that readers can tell a little better when your beliefs are perhaps being (inevitably) influenced by your commercial interests? That seems to me to be neither a cynical nor a purist step, but merely a step in the right direction. Do you disagree?

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