A group of free speech activists and journalists around the globe have created a blockchain-based new platform.
The group of free-speech activists ad journalists as well as academics from all over the world have created a blockchain-powered news platform known as Civil. The new platform is focused on keeping the code of ethics used by journalists safe and sound, at the same reestablishing the connection of the journalists and readers, thereby shifting the industry towards humanity and away from business-driven advertising.
The CEO of the online news publication Rappler, Maria Ressa, and one of the proponents of the new initiative, was heard to say Civil is run by the Civil Council. The council, which is composed of 15 experts who would keep Civil’s code of ethics and behavior in line, is being called the Civil Constitution – now considered the rule of the road for all activity on the platform.
“Unlike most websites today, there is no single server containing the articles. Instead, the articles are distributed across and constantly verified by the network. The network, as in any blockchain system, is made up of user computers, each contributing processing power to maintain the network,”
Rappler said in its report.
Other people on the council are:
- Emily Bell – Tow Center for Digital Journalism founding Director Emily Bell
- Raju Narisetti – Gizmodo Media Group CEO
- Ellen Goodman – Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law co-director and co-founder. Also, a Canadian journalist who was the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation for seven years.
Civil will be running on the Ethereum blockchain platform, added into the report.
The new group is claiming that journalism will be changed because of the use of their platform. News will be kept and delivered through the Civil blockchain distributed ledger, along with articles, including every change made, thereby being stored immutably.
Matt Coolidge, co-founder of Civil, also stated that because the articles are stored on the blockchain, they will not be removed. And at it’s the discretion of a billionaire or other falsely ran group of imitation specialists who are overseeing a centralized server, where all data is store for a publication. There is truly no party in control of the data.
The decentralized nature of the blockchain, gives power to the people and takes it away from a single entity or fake group of careless authority figures. Even though the technology is new, it can still give long-term benefits to an industry that is used to controlling abuse by the actors in charge.
The platform is aiming to change the way the industry’s normal business model, by taking out marketers, advertisers, publishers and unwanted third-parties. They believe the ad-driven business model is killing off reputable journalism – which is absolutely essential for any type of democratic society’s freedom.