NewsBlocks is creating a global trusted news platform based on the idea that the news article -- an artefact of the paper age -- does not suit our digital age of instant data.

Imagine a newspaper article about a Yoko Ono art exhibition opening held today. The article will surely mention that Yoko was married to John Lennon in 1969, and that he was murdered in 1980. That's three news events ---- currently trapped in the article -- that can be extracted and converted to data (date/time, event type, who is involved, the facts, quotes, and related media).

Now imagine converting every news article -- past, present, and future -- into data and storing it permanently on a censorship-resistant blockchain. Think of all the applications that can be made when anyone can search, sort, filter and organise all the world's news data. To start, we are building...

1) The first global archive of all the world's news. It's amazing to think that this doesn't exist.

2) The first global marketplace f...
NewsBlocks is creating a global trusted news platform based on the idea that the news article -- an artefact of the paper age -- does not suit our digital age of instant data.

Imagine a newspaper article about a Yoko Ono art exhibition opening held today. The article will surely mention that Yoko was married to John Lennon in 1969, and that he was murdered in 1980. That's three news events ---- currently trapped in the article -- that can be extracted and converted to data (date/time, event type, who is involved, the facts, quotes, and related media).

Now imagine converting every news article -- past, present, and future -- into data and storing it permanently on a censorship-resistant blockchain. Think of all the applications that can be made when anyone can search, sort, filter and organise all the world's news data. To start, we are building...

1) The first global archive of all the world's news. It's amazing to think that this doesn't exist.

2) The first global marketplace for news, where journalists -- citizens or professional -- can sell their news data at market rates, without third-party interference

3) The first global news application platform that lets anyone use news data to create trusted news apps, automated fact checkers, instant fake news detectors.

For example, our application, Newslines, is the 'Facebook killer', a global news-based social network that fills the space left as Facebook is abandons news. Check out newslines.org/conor-mcgregor the world's largest Conor McGregor news archive, viewed over 100 million times on social media in 2017.
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Patrick Brennan A global media executive with experience across North & South America, Europe and Asia with organizations such at FT, UBM and Hearst.

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John Bosnitch

I endorse the Newslines project of Mark and Mary Devlin, two of the top foreign entrepreneurs to set up in Japan.
Working 20 years as a journalist, consultant and advisor to private and government, including the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office, I saw the Devlins build the Tokyo Classified/Metropolis/Japan Today media and networking services.
Their Japanese & foreigner social network, news service and virtual community featured Japan’s first online feedback.
They combined hard work with new technologies to offer services that users had not even imagined, but which became indispensible upon first use. They have the motivational skills to leverage a service-focus into a loyal client base, upgrading their own innovative ideas. Newslines will mean going beyond their circle of backers to challenge market leaders and foster interactivity that blurs the lines between content creators and consumers… an ideal accelerator project!

John Bosnitch
jbosnitch@gmail.com

Justin Gardiner

I first came across Mark and Mary when they founded Japan's first ever free paper, Tokyo Classified, back in 1994. At the time Japan was indulging in consumer hedonism, buying the latest gadget or fashion item and quite literally throwing perfectly good, and hardly used, goods out on to the street. Several ex-pats had the idea of starting a free classified newspaper, in the vein of London's "Loot", but Mark and Mary were the only ones to act on the opportunity and were rewarded with what became Metropolis: Japan's most widely read English language magazine.
Not only do the Devlins recognize opportunity, but they work tirelessly to bring their creations to success. Tokyo Classified, Metropolis and Japan Today are testament to their vision, infectious enthusiasm and work ethic. I have no doubt that Newslines will soon be added to that trophy cabinet.

Chris Betros

I have known Mark and Mary Devlin since 2000, when they hired me to be the managing editor of online English news site Japan Today. The Devlins were pioneers in the English media industry in Japan, always far ahead of the curve, correctly predicting the market needs and responding to them. After they grew Metropolis into Tokyo's most popular weekly magazine, they took on the challenge and risk of launching an online news site. Though the dot-com bubble burst, they stuck to their vision and Japan Today grew to become the largest news and discussion site about Japan in English. The site acquired such prestige that Fuji Sankei, one of Japan’s media conglomerates, purchased Japan Today earlier this year, recognizing its brand value. On a personal note, I found Mark and Mary always to be fair, hard-working, willing to help people’s careers and great at motivating the team. I am sure they will be just as successful with Newslines.