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Formation2017; 3 years ago (2017)
TypeNonprofit foundation
PurposePromoting free and unbiased publishing
    • Bratislava
Region served
CEO, Co-Founder
Gagik Yeghiazarian

Publiq (stylized as PUBLIQ) is a nonprofit foundation and open-source,[1] a decentralized online content platform for authors and publishers. Created in 2017, it is one the first platforms to use blockchain technology to guarantee authenticity of content, avoid censorship, and combat fake news prevalent in media.[2][3][4][5] PUBLIQ is registered as a non-profit foundation in the Slovak Republic,[6] and is a member of WAN-IFRA and FIPP.[7]

Publishing model[edit]

Publiq uses a unique blockchain model for authors and publishers, which creates an open neutral system where the credibility of the content is directly monitored by the community, eliminating middlemen and censorship.[8] The platform is primarily geared towards content such as news and articles.[9]

Once an article is posted on Publiq, it gets encrypted on the blockchain and shared over a peer-to-peer network. Readers have options to like, share, and flag the article, thus generating reputation for both the channel and author. To avoid external manipulation, interactions are executed through smart contracts. Writers with higher reputations are more likely to get read and garner higher rewards.[5] The authors' work is stored forever on the blockchain as proof of their credentials.[4]

Publiq is managed by an international team of 60 people, along with 20 independent experts and specialists in media, technology and finance.[10]

PUBLIQ was selected by the All-party parliamentary group on Blockchain (APPG Blockchain) for its 2019 showcase of companies solving real-world problems with fully functioning blockchain tech.[11]

Publiq has garnered attention by publishing platforms such as Drupal which flags a "crisis of confidence" due to poor journalism and fake news, which Publiq's platform can address. Integration development for the popular Drupal and WordPress publishing platforms was announced at the Drupal Europe Conference in 2018.[12]

Publishers and Authors on Publiq[edit]

Journalists and publishers have discussed the benefits of blockchain technologies[13] such as Publiq, and some are testing the platform. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers completed a case study on Publiq[14] and also conducted webinars[15] to education organizations on the technology. Publiq is a member of WAN-IFRA.[16]

Funk, a streaming TV service[17], has starting publishing on Publiq testnet platform.[18]

Tagesschau (German TV Series) has been testing publishing on the platform as well.[19]

Metropolis Magazine (Japan) has also started publishing its monthly English magazine on the platform.[20]

Utility token: PBQ[edit]

All the advertising profits of Publiq are distributed between the participants based on merit.[21][5] The platform uses a rewarding system called a "PUBLIQ score". The rewards are made in "PBQ tokens", the in-house currency for transactions on the platform. PBQ had its initial coin offering in November and December 2017.[8] The tokens allow authors to post and advertisers to sponsor channels, but also provide incentive for seeders and readers who participate in the platform.[5]


  1. "Contribute to publiqnet/PUBLIQ-Initial development by creating an account on GitHub". PUBLIQ. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  2. Toner, Mark (11 July 2018). "Here's How to Fight 'Fake News' With Blockchain". ThirtyK. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  3. "Blockchain tech has the power to fight censorship — but it can help fake news stay forever | Media news". www.journalism.co.uk. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Tech Tent: Social giants get grilled". BBC. 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Using blockchain to fight fake news is the most 2017 thing ever". The Next Web. 2017-10-23. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  6. "Evidence of Civil Associations". ives.minv.sk. Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, Public Administration Section. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  7. "Publiq | Member | Member Directory | FIPP.com". www.fipp.com. International Federation of Periodical Publishers. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "PUBLIQ is a blockchain platform that brings readers and writers together to fight fake news". BestTechie. 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  9. "PUBLIQ". APPG Blockchain. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  10. "Блокчейн медиа-платформа PUBLIQ сведет на нет монополию Google и Facebook?" (in Russian). PC Mag Russia. Retrieved 2018-02-02.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  11. "UK Parliamentary Group Names PUBLIQ's Blockchain Platform as Finalist". Crowdfund Insider. 2019-03-20. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  12. Europe, Drupal (14 August 2018). "How Publiq is using blockchain to tackle urgent challenges for publishers". Medium. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  13. "Why do journalists need to care about blockchain? | Media news". www.journalism.co.uk. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  14. "Blockchain Applications for News. A New report by WAN-IFRA - WAN-IFRA". www.wan-ifra.org. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  15. "Takeaways from our Blockchain webinar - World News Publishing Focus by WAN-IFRA". blog.wan-ifra.org. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  16. "List of members - WAN-IFRA". www.wan-ifra.org. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  17. "ARD and ZDF unveil youth service "funk"". Broadband TV News. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  18. "Funk". PUBLIQ. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  19. "Aktuelle Nachrichten - Inland Ausland Wirtschaft Kultur Sport - ARD Tagesschau | tagesschau.de". PUBLIQ. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  20. "Metropolis Magazine Japan". PUBLIQ. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  21. "Создано глобальное медиа, которым никто не будет управлять" (in russian). Forbes Kazakhstan. 2017-08-05. Retrieved 2018-02-01.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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