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.
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.
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.
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