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Purpose-Built Platform

Journalism is a fundamental pillar of civil society, yet news organizations around the world are in crisis like never before. Meanwhile, media platforms like Google and Facebook are thriving thanks to a programmatic advertising model that reaps the vast majority of the ecosystem’s revenue while surreptitiously harvesting and selling people’s personal data. Civil is a radically new media platform purpose-built for journalism, where journalists and citizens own and operate the means of production, and can focus first and foremost on serving the public good.

Decentralization

Civil aims to unite all the global efforts for independent, sustainable journalism into one. But something so profound should not, and could not possibly ever, be owned and controlled by any single company, institution or government. Instead, Civil should be fair, transparent and self-governed. Civil uses a foundational ruleset called the Civil Constitution to establish the platform’s purpose, values and ethics, then enforces and evolves these standards using blockchain and cryptoeconomics.

Permanent Archives

On Civil, journalists own their content outright, and with blockchain technology, they can even record their work permanently beyond the reach of censorship, litigation or insolvency. No one can “unplug” archives on Civil because blockchain makes it nearly impossible to delete or hack without the consensus of a massive, independent network. This makes Civil a powerful tool when confronting governments, corporations or billionaires hellbent on controlling the news.

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Civil Constitution

Written in collaboration with dozens of journalists, academics and free press experts from around the world, the Civil Constitution states the purpose, values and set of standards that defines ethical journalism on Civil. Newsrooms, journalists and even app makers and service providers operating on Civil must pledge to abide by the Civil Constitution to the best of their ability. Over time, the community can update the Civil Constitution to address weak spots and ensure it reflects modern-day sensibilities.

Civil Registry

The Civil Registry is a community-moderated whitelist of newsrooms that are recognized as meeting the Civil Constitution’s ethical standards. Newsrooms must stake CVL tokens to join the Civil Registry, and community members must stake a matching CVL deposit to challenge them for violating any part of the Civil Constitution. In this way, CVL token holders broadly speaking are highly motivated to ensure the Civil Registry is as large and robust as possible to reflect a dynamic and healthy network. Bad actors being listed would devalue the Civil Registry for all, so community adherence to the Civil Constitution is the key incentive mechanism.

"Fingerprinted" Content

Newsrooms on the Civil Registry are cornerstones of a decentralized ecosystem for sustainable journalism and may access other technologies that are built or made available for this ecosystem, such as publishing smart contracts that “fingerprint” the content to both the individual author and the Newsroom itself, providing authentication and eventual licensing opportunities. Initially offered through Wordpress and soon available on any CMS around the world, this process requires virtually no change to journalists’ usual workflow. Plus, readers need no special blockchain knowledge or tools to access content on Civil, and may financially support Newsrooms in either traditional or cryptocurrency.

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Start (or Signal) a Newsroom

Add newsrooms by depositing CVL tokens into the Civil Registry along with a mission statement, roster and credentials, and pledge to abide the Civil Constitution. Approved newsrooms may start publishing in an authenticated and verifiable fashion, signal to third-party journalists to join the newsroom’s mission, and allow citizens to discover, support, and even evaluate their body of work.

Enforce the Constitution

Citizens may challenge Newsrooms for violating the Civil Constitution by submitting a specific description of the violation and any supporting evidence along with a requisite deposit of CVL tokens. This initiates a community review, and all CVL token holders are motivated to vote for who's best upholding the Civil Constitution and serving the Civil network.

Appeal to Civil Council

In the potential event of malicious attack or mob rule, Citizens may stake CVL tokens to appeal to the Civil Council, an independent third-party comprised of luminary journalists, academics and free press experts from around the world. After review, the Civil Council will publish its opinion and potentially reverse the community decision. This creates precedence to help stabilize the network over time, and protect it from redundant disputes. Council decisions may be overturned by a community veto, leaving the ultimate power in the hands of CVL token holders.

Timeline
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NOTE: The key dates shown are just an estimate, and there is a reasonable chance that some or all of these milestones are delayed.
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October 2017
ConsenSys partnership
The Civil Media Company raised $5MM in capital from ConsenSys to expand its team to build the Civil platform and grow a dedicated community of newsrooms and citizens ahead of its general launch.
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November 2017
First Fleet newsrooms
Civil announces its First Fleet initiative to support early network adoption; it ultimately yields 13 independent Newsrooms and 100+ journalists as the first to publish on Civil.
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May 21, 2018
Civil Constitution and Civil White Paper
Civil publishes the first draft of the Civil Constitution, what will ultimately become a community-owned ruleset, and which outlines the working standards for publishing ethical journalism on the Civil platform. Civil publishes its final white paper, outlining its vision for a decentralized protocol for sustainable journalism.
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May 2018
Civil Studios
Civil announces Civil Studios, a for-profit venture builder that will support journalism projects for the decentralized Web.
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June 2018
Vivian Schiller Joins Civil Foundation
Former NPR CEO and president Vivian Schiller joins the Civil Foundation as its inaugural CEO, and first member of the Civil Council.
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June 2018
First Fleet Newsrooms Begin Publishing
Sludge and Documented become the first Newsrooms to begin publishing. ZigZag, Cannabis Wire, Block Club Chicago and Popula begin publishing in the following weeks.
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June 2018
Colorado Sun
Civil’s 12th Newsroom, the Colorado Sun, comprised of top former editors/staffers from the Denver Post, is announced. The New York Times covers the publication’s move to Civil’s blockchain-based platform.
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July 2018
CVL Token Sale Announcement
Civil unveils the details of its upcoming token sale and invites people around the world committed to independent, sustainable journalism to register.
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September 18, 2018
CVL Token Launch
Civil makes CVL tokens available for purchase for the first time in an effort to distribute tokens to as many mission-aligned people as possible and fulfill its vision for a decentralized media platform purpose-built for journalism. The sale will conclude after 14 days or if the hard cap is reached.
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October 2018
Civil Platform Launch
Civil launches the Civil protocol on Mainnet, opening the Civil Registry to Newsrooms around the world and enlisting CVL tokens to uphold the Civil Constitution. Civil will also launch its open-source publishing plugins, enabling registered Newsrooms to “fingerprint” their content for authentication and eventual licensing opportunities.
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Oct-Dec 2018
Strategic Partnerships & Next-Gen Applications
Civil will soon announce strategic partnerships with leading news organizations around the world in service of building next-gen applications using blockchain and cryptoeconomics across identity/licensing, membership/curation, and permanence/censorship. First versions of this technology are already under development and will go into production before the end of the year.

Team
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Matthew Iles
CEO/Co-Founder
Matthew studied journalism at Duke University before embarking on a entrepreneurial career in digital marketing and innovative business modeling. He long imagined it possible to harness both the wildly explosive power of an open discourse platform along with the financial and behavioral incentives of a global cooperative, and first wrote about the concept behind Civil in November 2016.
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Lillian Ruiz
COO/Co-Founder
Lillian has 9 years experience in digital marketing, audience development and brand and business strategy. At Civil, Lillian works on developing strategy and tactics for large-scale project execution, and resource management.
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Dan Kinsley
Engineering Lead/Co-Founder
Dan brings over a decade of experience growing early stage companies and building highly scalable systems. Before Civil, Dan was building an eCommerce business accelerator at Launch and helped bring the luxury shoe brand M.Gemi to market.
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Nguyet Vuong
Product Design Lead/Co-Founder
Nguyet leads user research, interface design and product strategy. Nguyet has more than a decade of experience working as a designer and creative director across industries such as publishing, hospitality, nonprofit, and media. Prior to Civil, Nguyet was Creative Director of Product at Atlantic 57, The Atlantic's creative agency based out of Washington, D.C.
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Christine Mohan
Partnerships & Community Lead/Co-Founder
Christine has 25 years of experience with media and technology firms in New York City, Boston and Washington DC. At Civil, she manages partnerships and community, facilitates social media, and organizes national and international industry events. She spent 12 years at The New York Times Company and The Wall Street Journal in corporate communications, product marketing and web operations roles.
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Nicole Bode
Newsroom Sustainability Lead/Co-Founder
Nicole is responsible for recruiting and supporting newsrooms on the Civil platform, including helping them thrive and overcome challenges. Nicole has spent the past 17 years as a reporter and editor in New York City, including as a founding member and Managing Editor of DNAinfo, an award-winning news site that served readers in New York and Chicago before its closure in 2017.
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Matt Coolidge
Brand & Communications Lead, Co-Founder
With more than a decade of experience spanning both the tech and federal sectors, Matt drives brand strategy across Civil's ecosystem, including communications and content. He was previously a vice president at Bateman Group, a technology communications firm.
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Julia Himmel
Product Designer/Co-Founder
Julia brings 5 years of experience designing and developing for the web. Prior to Civil, Julia worked at Berlin ed-tech startup CareerFoundry, where she took core features from research through prototyping and user testing, then built them with a small team of developers.
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Olaf Tomalka
Ethereum Engineer
Olaf has more than seven years as a world-class engineer, and has been working with Ethereum and its communities since early 2017. He brings this wealth of experience and passion — as well as a healthy dash of business sense — to Civil, where he's focused on smart contracts and liaising with its growing developer community.
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Nick Reynolds
Ethereum Engineer
Nick is an engineer at Civil focused on writing Smart Contracts and the tools to interact with them. Prior to Civil, Nick was a full-stack engineer at Zynga working on massively multiplayer online games.
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Jorge Lopez
Full-Stack Engineer
Jorge is an engineer at Civil. Before joining Civil, Jorge worked at a multitude of startups such as Bark, Refinery29, and Etsy. He was the first engineer at Refinery29 and built their first content management system.
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Walker Flynn
Front-End Engineer
Walker has five years of experience working on various parts of the web development stack and two years as a product designer. Before Civil, he was a senior front-end developer on the frameworks and infrastructure team at 1stdibs.
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Michael Young
Head of Civil Labs
Michael is a technologist-in-residence at Civil and will be leading Civil Labs. He has over 20 years of experience in building products and technology for media companies. Before joining Civil, Michael was the CTO of Digg.com, helping to lead a rebuild of the social news service. Prior to that, he was the lead Creative Technologist at The New York Times R&D Lab. At the NYT R&D lab, Michael led a group charged with prototyping new ways of consuming media across mobile, web, tv and other connected devices.
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Naima Jinnah
Product Lead
With nearly a decade of experience across technology, policy, legal and business operations, Naima has deep experience organizing and building teams in startup environments. Previously, Naima was the COO and product lead at Digg.com where she led product initiatives focused on revenue and editorial growth, as well as R&D and enterprise initiatives focused on automated content curation utilizing ML and NLP. She has also worked with voter education NGOs, which reinforced the existence of information blockers as a result of stale political incumbencies and social media echo-chambers
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Jon Ferrer
Technologist in Residence
Jon brings nearly 15 years of experience building products for the web to his role as a technologist-in-residence at Civil. Before joining Civil, Jon spent 6 years working on Digg with a focus on architecting and developing intuitive, performant user interfaces. Prior to Digg, he spent six years at Major League Baseball Advanced Media, where he directed a team of UI developers in addition to individually contributing to various products and features, ranging from multimedia, live stat-tracking, and partner projects.
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Peter Ng
Technologist in Residence
Peter is a Technologist-in-Residence at Civil. He has more than 15 years of experience working on a multitude of tech stacks and platforms. Previously, Peter was working at Digg where he the led backend, data and API engineering. Prior to Digg, he was at the New York Times where he held several roles including leading the engineering team behind the iOS app and exploring the future of media and commercializing ideas out of the NYT R&D Lab. He has also held engineering roles at Kargo and DoubleClick.
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Inna Shteinbuk
Data Scientist
Inna is a technologist-in-residence working on data science and machine learning initiatives at Civil. Prior to Civil, Inna was at Digg as a Data Scientist, where she implemented and put their first machine learning models into production.
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Sarah Ruddy
Technologist in Residence
Sarah is a technologist-in-residence at Civil focusing on Front-end Engineering. She has over 10 years of experience developing for news and media organizations.
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Toby Fox
Technologist in Residence
Toby has been building stuff on computers for 15 years and building stuff on the internet for 8, and now builds stuff on top of a blockchain as a technologist-in-residence at Civil. Before that, Toby spent 4 years at Digg working on social, publishing, syndication, monetization, and internet plumbing projects.
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Rob Okrzesik
Creative in Residence
Robert is a creative-in-residence at Civil. He brings over 10 years of knowledge creating meaningful experiences across various contexts of product design, editorial/interactive pieces, and visual systems.
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Megan Libby
Brand Marketer
Megan supports Civil's brand marketing, events and communications. Before joining Civil, Megan was running marketing and community strategy at an EdTech blockchain startup while simultaneously completing an M.S. in Mass Communication at Boston University.
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Vivian Schiller
CEO, Civil Foundation
Vivian Schiller is a longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology. She was formerly CEO and president at National Public Radio, Chief Digital Officer at NBC News and head of news at Twitter, among other posts. She leads the Civil Foundation, which makes philanthropic grants in support of sustainable journalism, and helps shape the journalism ethics and standards of Civil, the decentralized protocol for sustainable journalism.
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Advisors
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Josh Benson
Old Town Media, Partner
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Katherine Lehr
Old Town Media, Partner
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Tom McGeveran
Old Town Media, Partner
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Joseph Lubin
ConsenSys, CEO
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Amanda Gutterman
ConsenSys, CMO
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Austin Mills
MMM Legal
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Rachel Neufeld
MMM Legal
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Ed Klaris
Klaris Legal
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Alexia Bedat
Klaris Legal