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Blockchain-based journalism platform joins Forbes to publish content

Categories Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Journalism, Forbes, Media

DLT-based journalism platform joins Forbes to publish content

Forbes, one of the most well-known names in international business media, has announced a collaboration with a blockchain-based platform ‘Civil” to publish its content over a decentralised network.

Matt Coolidge, co-founder of Civil has announced that Forbes will cooperate with Civil by integrating the formers software into its own content management system. As of the beginning of 2019, journalists will have the ability to upload their data to the Civil network, and the Forbes website at the same time.

Forbes was originally founded in 1917 and has a global reach of more than 120 million people through its local and international editions.

The new process will initially only apply to cryptocurrency related news items, but if Forbes believes the project is a success, it will post other types of news on the blockchain also. The media outlet is also looking to extend its decentralised solutions throughout its vast contributors’ network, increasing the adoption and reach of the platform. By using smart contracts, Forbes contributors will be able to upload their articles to the Forbes CMS and then share across other platforms such as LinkedIn and Medium.

Coolidge stated that they are also planning to “experiment with new methods of reader engagement” as well as hoping that the use of a decentralised platform will help authors by ensuring that no one can remove or alter their content.

Civil has previously collaborated with Associated Press and the media agency is planning to use blockchain for IP rights, tracking content usage and supporting ethical journalism. AP will also store much of its content on the platform so that other news agencies are able to access reports in real time.

A company called Adblock Plus developer, eyes GmbH has already launched a blockchain-based web extension known as ‘Trusted News’ that has the ability to detect fake news and flag sites accordingly. The platform will be moved to the Ethereum blockchain and will issue MetaCert tokens that will track rewards and prevent manipulation of the platform.

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Associated Press teams up with a blockchain-based journalist firm

Categories Blockchain, Technology, Trading, Payments, Tokens, Wallet, DLT, Journalism

Associated Press teams up with a blockchain-based journalist firm

The news agency, the Associated Press has started a licensing partnership with a blockchain based start-up called Civil. The news came in an announcement made on the 28th of August and AP will be one of the first, and certainly, the biggest media company exploring the benefits of blockchain in the world of journalism.

The idea behind the project is to explore various ways of securing intellectual property rights, ethical journalism, and content usage using the power of blockchain. An integral part of the project will include AP delivering its content such as international and national news to Civil, who will then allow other news agencies to access it via the blockchain platform. Any newsroom that wishes to access the AP content platform, will be licensed directly by AP themselves.

AP will own CVL tokens which will then be used as an incentive device to help keep up levels of accuracy and objectivity in newsrooms. SVP at AP, Jim Kennedy stated:

“AP has been pushing into new digital territory for more than two decades, and Civil is opening up another new space with interesting technology to explore and a commitment to good journalism. We’re eager to help cultivate the space and demonstrate our value to a new set of digital publishers.”

The Associated Press is one of the world’s largest and most respected news agencies and was founded in New York City, back in 1846. The agency operates approximately 263 news bureaus in 106 countries across the world. Civil, are a startup that develops technology to keep track of ownership and content rights in the journalism sector.

Back in July, Adblock Plus announced the launch of a blockchain-based browser extension called Trusted News that would flag ‘fake news’ whilst highlighting trusted sources and stories.

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