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Get a say in running Civil, and be part of a movement to take back control of the internet. And feel good that 100% of your money goes directly to support trustworthy journalism.

Get a say in how Civil runs

The news should be controlled by the communities it serves. That means you!

You are charged with ensuring that only trustworthy newsrooms have a place on Civil.
As a member of the Civil community, you have the power to challenge any newsroom that does not uphold the Civil Constitution and vote on issues.

The more you spend on your membership, the more say you have on Civil.
When you buy a membership, you will receive an equal amount of Civil tokens (CVL). CVL represents your share and voting voice on Civil.

100% of your money goes to support trustworthy journalism…and it’s tax-deductible!
Your contribution will go directly to the Civil Foundation. The Civil Foundation is committed to serving independent newsrooms through educational programming, grant-making, community-building, and advocacy.

Learn about how the public runs Civil

Our community has already stepped up to uphold trustworthy journalism on the Civil Registry. And that’s inspiring.


Civil tokens of casted votes in 6 challenges and 2 appeals.

There are a number of benefits to creating a new form of money, but the one Civil is most focused on is that it has the potential to help realign the incentives that underlie the journalism business.

Columbia Journalism Review.

The tokens are meant to create a shared community responsibility between all of Civil’s publishers as well as readers and anyone that’s part of the media industry.

NBC News

[Civil] seeks to eliminate the possibility of one company or a small group of investors exerting power and influence over a journalistic organization and compromising its mission.

The New York Times

Civil is trying to harness [blockchain technology] for journalism… to help journalists get paid for their work.

PBS Newshour

Join our movement for the trusted web.

We envision a world where people know they can trust what they read online and help independent journalism thrive.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to buy Civil tokens to support journalism?

Civil tokens are a cryptocurrency which enables you to govern the platform. You own CVL the way you own a physical object. No company can take them away or make them disappear.

When you purchase a membership Civil tokens, you will receive an equal amount of Civil tokens based on market value. Those tokens represent your share and say on Civil. 100% of the proceeds from your membership will go to the Civil Foundation, which is committed to the sustainability of trustworthy journalism around the world. And it’s tax-deductible! Learn more here.

I don’t live in the US. Can I still become a Civil member?

Yes! If your country is on this list, you’ll be able to follow along with our materials without any changes. If it’s not, just reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll walk you through an alternative.

Please reach out at [email protected] if you need help.