As the ways in which we use the web change, a number of industries have struggled to maintain viable revenue streams. Journalism in particular has laboured, as ad-supported models are hindered by the widespread use of ad-blockers and centralised social media platforms. These difficulties, of course, extend to music and music journalism too – countless publications have folded in recent years, and those that remain continue to struggle.
Civil offers an interesting proposition that aims to alleviate these challenges. A “community-owned journalism network based on transparency and trust,” it hosts a number of newsrooms in hopes of fostering ethical, sustainable journalism. Ursula O'Kuinghttons will speak about Civil's efforts to develop a new crypto-economic model for journalism using blockchain technology.
Ursula has worked in the media industry for more than 17 years. She began her career as a journalist at the Reuters news agency, the El País newspaper and Localia TV channel in Spain, and until recently did media outreach for El País.
Based in Liverpool, Jon Davies is a producer under the alias Kepla, journalist, events organiser, and researcher. He has written about the relationship between politics, arts and music for Dazed, The Skinny and is currently a reviews contributer for The Wire.
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