One of the leading online content management systems and the platform behind more than 40% of the websites out there, WordPress, has decided to launch a new publishing platform backed by Google and the Ethereum development studio ConsenSys among other partners. The platform is in the latest cryptocurrency news only because it has blockchain tools in it.
Announced on Monday, the new product – called Newspack – is described as an “inexpensive” platform that offers technology and support for small as well as medium-sized news organizations.
Google was the main backer with a $1.2 million investment, while ConsenSys contributed with $350,000. The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation also took part in the investments, giving $400,000 and $250,000 respectively.
A ConsenSys rep confirmed the investment yesterday, adding that newsrooms accessing Newspack will be offered the option to use blockchain based features made available through ConsenSys and its partner Civil Media.
“The plugin will also act as a portal that will walk newsrooms through how to join the Civil Registry, the hub of community-vetted and -approved newsrooms,” the rep added, saying that the plugin will also offer access to a “discovery portal” for consumers seeking news.
Even though Civil was known for having some issues such as a failed token-based fundraiser which had to be relaunched, it apparently assisted a news site in archiving its entire article base on the Ethereum blockchain in December last year.
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“Blockchain technology has established a highly mutual trust data sharing mechanism among tax authorities, invoice service providers, taxpayers and other parties. This is a major reason for the tax authorities to take a new step in deepening the [technological] reform [by] the distribution services.”Back in December 2018, one of the bigger cities in the Guangdong province-Shenzhen announced its success story of how blockchain technology helped with the tax invoices via the messaging app WEChat payment platform. Also, last year in November, the capital of the Guangdong and one of the most developed economic zones in China, Guangzhou, was chosen as a headquarters city for the new blockchain alliance. The alliance involves 54 different companies and is promoting blockchain technology in finances and trading. Countries around the world are opting for blockchain-based tax solutions because of the higher efficiency and transparency.
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