Rewiring how journalism works


Civil enables a radically open approach to fact-based, responsible journalism with an Ethereum-based, ad-free marketplace of "newsrooms" and "stations".

Journalism needs a radically new operating paradigm.

Media innovation and consumer behavior trends over the past 20 years have eroded the business model of journalism, leading to shrinking coverage throughout the ecosystem, increasing reliance on an unsympathetic advertising industry, and record-low public trust in mainstream media.

However, this same wave of innovation also yielded progress in social networking, global marketplaces, and massively collaborative self-governing systems, including the recent invention and development of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and cryptoeconomic business models.

We propose a solution called Civil.

Civil is an Ethereum-based decentralized platform that can be used to create “newsrooms” and “stations” — blockchain-based marketplaces where citizens and journalists form communities around a shared purpose and set of standards, financially support factual reporting and investigative work, and substantially limit misinformation through effective collaborative-editing methods. The net result is a self-sustaining global marketplace for journalism free from ads, fake news, and outside influence.



What comes next for Civil is only as good as the people that are a part of it. Our community is expanding rapidly with high-minded individuals eager to contribute, deliver feedback.

Curious as to how you can help?

Take our community survey for insights on our upcoming projects and information on how to help, today.

We're Hiring

Director of Engineering
Blockchain Engineer
Product Design Lead


Civil on Civil

Medium: September 23, 2017 - "How Crypto's Mission Could Fail"
Newsletter: September 23, 2017 - We're hiring!
Newsletter: September 15, 2017 - Laying the foundation for what comes next
Newsletter: August 11, 2017 - The Review: Coinbase Raises $100MM; Jimmy Wales Talks WikiTribune; Facebook Scratching At Fake News
Newsletter: July 28, 2017 - The Review: Local TV News Proves Itself; SEC Guidelines Emerge
Newsletter: July 25, 2017 - The Roadmap: What is journalism for?; On radical listening;  75-150 journalists at launch; Whitepaper update; Fundraising update
Newsletter: July 21, 2017 - The Review: Civil Chatter; Tokens Not Carrots; Local News Shut Out Again
Newsletter: July 18, 2017 - "The Roadmap: Working At Civil, First Fleet, CTO, Fundraising"
Medium: July 17, 2017 - “Working at Civil”
Newsletter: July 14, 2017 - "The Review: Building the Blockchain Stack; Goldman Sachs Scores Crypto Patent; Union Acquires Chicago Sun-Times"
Newsletter: July 7, 2017 - "The Review: Rewards For Good Ideas; Useless Ethereum Tokens; Journalists Take Matters Into Their Own Hands"
Newsletter: June 30, 2017 - "The Review: Civil in the News, NYT's 'Slippery Path', and Ethereum Eyes 1B Users"
Newsletter: June 21, 2017 - "Our whitepaper is here. Now the real work begins."
Press Release: June 21, 2017 - "Civil Announces Token Launch: A Self-Sustaining Marketplace For Journalism Free From Ads, Fake News"
Newsletter: April 21, 2017 - "Major updates re: our mission to rewire journalism"
Medium: March 5, 2017  - "What if the news were run by the people?"
Medium: January 25, 2017 - “Introducing radically open journalism”


Founding Team
Matthew Iles
Lillian Ruiz
Stephanie Soussloff

OldTown Media
Josh Benson
Katherine Leher
Tom McGeveran

Jake Brukhman
Alex Bulkin
Alex Felix
Oleg Golubov

Decentralized Legal
Chris Padovano


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