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New York Times goes dark, launches .onion site only accessible through Tor


The New York Times today announced it was launching an “experiment in secure communication,” on the the dark web, only accessible through TOR (The Onion Router). As The Times says: The New York Times reports on stories all over the world, and our reporting is read by people around the world. Some readers choose to use Tor to access our journalism because they’re technically blocked from accessing our website; or because they worry about local network monitoring; or because they care about online privacy; or simply because that is the method that they prefer. To access the site users must first download…

Civil, the blockchain-based journalism marketplace, is building its first batch of publications

If you’re still confused by Civil, the cryptocurrency-based journalism marketplace that went public this summer, you’re probably not alone. Since the company made its first appearance, reactions have included muted excitement, bewilderment, and outright dismissal about the company’s potential to provide a viable new funding model for journalism. (“What B.S.,” shrugged the sole commenter on our initial story about the company).

And yet, despite these inherent marketing challenges, Civil is an idea that has started to turn heads, both among investors and within journalism circles. The company said todaythat it’s raised $5 million from from ConsenSys, a “leading global blockchain venture studio.” More important, perhaps: It’s also attracted its first publication, Popula, an alternative news and politics site run by journalist (and past Nieman Lab contributorMaria Bustillos, and joined by Sasha Frere-Jones, Ryan Bradley, Aaron Bady, and other big-name reporters. The site goes live in early 2018.

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