One of the oldest and most well-known brands in journalism, Forbes, is now officially joining the blockchain platform developer Civil Network, to begin publishing metadata over a blockchain for article registry (1). The famous journal is a bi-weekly publishing powerhouse, with original articles on finance, industry, investing, marketing topics and others. It also publishes on technology, communications, science, politics, and law. In partnership with blockchain platform Civil Network, Forbes will appear in the Civil Registry alongside all other Civil Newsrooms, beginning from Q1 2019.
Under present agreement as per Civil’s update, Forbes in the first quarter of 2019 will begin publishing metadata from select Forbes articles to the former’s Civil. The information will be permanently archived on Civil’s blockchain registry and cannot be altered by any third party. This immutability will thus provide credibility and authenticity for the data users as well as acknowledge correctly the content creators. If all goes well with this trial run, Forbes may commit metadata from all of its articles to Civil’s decentralized network later in the year.
Salah Zalatimo, Head of Product & Tech at Forbes:
“Forbes and Civil believe passionately in the mission of journalism, and together we can provide audiences with a level of unprecedented transparency around our content. We’ll also be able to expand the reach of our writers and identify new revenue channels over time.”
Matt Coolidge, Co-founder of Civil, blog: blog.joincivil.com, writes:
“The arrangement with Civil allows Forbes to experiment with and better understand how publishing content on the blockchain can increase trust with audiences. It also allows Forbes to assess emerging opportunities that can potentially unlock new forms of audience engagement and drive additional revenue streams.”
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