Demonstrate a viable model for online journalism

New technology can help restore trust and re-establish a successful business model for journalism.
Here’s how it works.

JLINC provides data provenance, a digitally signed chain of custody for news and information online.

Imagine a ratings system that's based on facts — a system where data provenance tells the whole story. In seconds, you can see everyone who has handled your news story — who they are, where they are, and what their reputation is. With JLINC, each party responsible for producing, editing and disseminating news, digitally signs their stories.

This same chain of custody can also define exactly who is owed how much payment under that signed chain of agreement. That signed chain can also link to any automated online payment model for content producers. 

The ability to create digitally signed, automated agreements that are also human readable, and therefore legally binding, will usher in a new wave of business models online. One where advertising is based on each individual filtering the commercial information they actually want — and where some of the revenue derived from that new alternative to advertising funds the producers of reputation-based verified news that each individual consumes.

This can restore the quality of online information — bursting the filter bubble created by ad-tech and eliminating the click-bait that it spawned. Freeing news and information from surveillance-based advertising neutralizes the perverse incentive for misinformation and and thereby restores the possibility of civil discourse online.  

JLINC is neither a blockchain nor an ICO, but uses some of the same key innovations in an elegant new way to provide "automated cryptographically signed contracts" that control the exchange and use of data between databases, on entirely separate domains across the Internet.

This can at once restore a sustainable business model for journalism, and re-incentivize the quality reporting that we need to maintain an informed, engaged public, and to counter misinformation. 

Planetwork is seeking foundation support to develop a working demonstration of JLINC technology for journalism.