Whilst I think the FTC guidance is overkill and it does only pertain to US citizens there is a kernel of good about it by forcing disclosure about the nature of a blogger’s interest in writing and publishing a story.
I am one of several JBA and Rocket Melbourne employees that answer questions and write both online and in the wider media and this extends to speaking engagements. I am usually communicating about Physical Computing, Open Source Software, Mobile technology, Cloud Computing and the future of Internet related technology so in these areas I generally make some sort of sense.
If I publish something here that is of use to you then that’s fantastic (and I’d love to hear of your success) but when it comes down, this is my personal blog, the views or opinions expressed here are mine alone and do not constitute the views of my employer.
I reserve the right categorically to say something stupid
Given this is the making side of my blog there is a chance that something I post here may help you build something that could be used as a weapon, burn down your house, burn down someone else’s house, create civil mayhem or just plain explode. If you do, don’t blame me – I managed to survive a copy of the Anarchist’s Cookbook as a teenager which just proves being responsible is the responsibility of each individual.
I am currently an employee of JBA Digital where I receive a salary from them.
I don’t accept speaking fees, consulting fees, honoraria, or junkets. I don’t accept free, discounted, or loaned products. When I receive unsolicited gifts of value from companies or individuals in the scope of work, I give away those gifts.
When I speak at a conference or event I generally do not pay a registration fee for that event. Most conferences also either waive or discount fees for that event so that my colleagues or clients may attend as well. Generally either I or my company pay for travel and accommodation expenses when I speak though being in Australia means some conference organisers will cover my travel costs to get me somewhere (as Melbourne is REMOTE)
I do not run advertisements or otherwise receive any monetary compensation from the operation of my website.
I receive free hosting of my website through Clustered in respect of my contributions to Open Source and in particular PHP.
I have investments in Yahoo that were provided for services in community building.
My thinking blog is located at http://ajfisher.me