A collaborative project bringing together local and international news publishers and technologists, the pilot will assess how Web3 can be used to help build ongoing trust and develop new sources of revenue for news publishers and content producers.

The project, led by David Tomchak, a visiting policy fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, will be implemented between October and December 2022 and will bring together local and international news publishers and technologists to research practical applications of decentralised technologies for the publishing industry. The primary outcome of the research part of the pilot is to provide learning and a space to share knowledge between media and Web3 industries. The resulting blueprint will include a technical roadmap for product development and will be available for public consultation.

Ursula O’Kuinghttons, Director of Communications and Partnerships at Web3 Foundation, said: ”We feel strongly that Web3 can play a leading role in modernising how digital news will be created, provided, distributed and monetised in the future. The proliferation of centralised social media channels has made it hard for people to identify trusted news sources, and this project can play a leading role in addressing those concerns.

Thanks to the support from the Web3 Foundation, WAN-IFRA will provide funds to its members interested in participating in the project. The grants, ranging between €1,500 and €4,000, will compensate members for the time they will commit to the project.

WAN-IFRA members interested in participating in the project are invited to fill in the application form before 11. September 2022, 11.59pm, CET.

The project management team will select a maximum of three media organisations, members of WAN-IFRA, to start the pilot at the beginning of October.

“It is crucial to understand as soon as possible the implications of Web3 for publishers in the future. The only way to be relevant in our research and conclusions is to involve our members as early as possible in the process. We are proud and grateful to the Web3 Foundation for supporting us in doing so.” Commented Stephen Fozard, Project Director, Global Alliance for Media Innovation at WAN-IFRA (GAMI).

Amongst other important trends in the industry, Web3 will be one of the many topics on the World News Media Congress programme to be held in Zaragoza from 28 – 30 September 2022.

Contact and Inquiries

Stephen Fozard, Project Director Global Alliance for Media Innovation, WAN-IFRA stephen.fozard@wan-ifra.org

About WAN-IFRA. The World Association of News Publishers is the global organisation of the world’s press. Its mission is to protect the rights of journalists and publishers around the world to operate independent media. WAN-IFRA provides its members with expertise and services to innovate and prosper in a digital world and perform their crucial role in society.

About Web3 Foundation. Web3 Foundation funds research and development teams building the technology stack of the decentralised web. It was established in Zug, Switzerland by Ethereum co-founder and former chief technology officer Dr. Gavin Wood. Polkadot is the Foundation’s flagship project. For more information, visit web3.foundation

About the Oxford Internet Institute. The Oxford Internet Institute is a multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the social science of the internet. The OII has access to a huge volume of rich social data, and develops new theories, concepts and methods to analyse it. Find out more about the OII.

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