The Civil Foundation


The Civil Foundation is a completely independent non-profit established and initially funded by The Civil Media Company. The Foundation is wholly dedicated to upholding and advocating the Civil Constitution’s purpose, values and principles both on-platform and off-platform. The Foundation also provides operating support and appoints the founding members of the Civil Council.

The Foundation will focus on three core pillars: governance, grantmaking, and research. Governance includes maintaining the Constitution as well as supporting the Council. Grantmaking includes philanthropic donations to Newsrooms and communities to develop the Civil ecosystem and support ethical journalism. Research will focus on convening thought-leaders and luminaries from journalism, academia, and law in order to answer the most pressing questions around freedom of speech, press freedom, and journalism in the digital age.

Civil Council

The Civil Council is the governing authority within the Civil protocol, whereby token-holders can surface severe disputes for possible adjudication. The Civil Council has the ability to overturn community decisions, but the community in turn has the power to veto the Council through a supermajority vote.

Vivian Schiller

Vivian Schiller heads the Civil Foundation, which upholds the journalism ethics and standards of Civil, the decentralized marketplace for sustainable journalism, and makes philanthropic grants to news organizations around the world. Vivian is a long-time media executive who has served as President and CEO at NPR; Chief Digital Officer at NBC News; General Manager at; Global Chair of News at Twitter and head of CNN's award-winning documentary unit.

Emily Bell

Emily Bell, founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and a leading thinker, commentator and strategist on digital journalism. Prior to joining Tow, Bell spent most of her career at the Guardian in London working as an award winning writer and editor.

Sue Gardner

Sue Gardner, Canadian journalist, not-for-profit executive and business executive. She was the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation for seven years. Prior to that she was the director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s website and online news outlets.

Ellen P. Goodman

Ellen P. Goodman, professor of Law at Rutgers University, specializing in information policy law: free speech, media policy, privacy, data ethics, advertising and digital platform power. She is co-director and co-founder of the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law, formerly a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, and advisor to the FCC.

Javier Moreno

Javier Moreno has over 20 years of experience in journalism. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of EL PAÍS from 2006 to 2014. In 2015, Moreno became a founding member and the director of the Leading European Newspaper Alliance (LENA), which brings together seven leading news organizations. Most recently, he was named director of the UAM-EL PAÍS journalism school and director of EL PAÍS Americas.

Raju Narisetti

Raju Narisetti, Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Knight-Bagehot Fellowships at Columbia University. He was most recently CEO of Gizmodo Media group and held senior business and editorial roles at News Corp, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He was also the founder and editor of India’s business publication, Mint.

Toyosi Ogunseye

Toyosi Ogunseye is currently the head of West African Languages for the BBC World Services. Before that, she was the Editor of the Sunday Punch, one of Nigeria’s most widely read newspapers. Toyosi was the first Nigerian to win the prestigious Knight International Journalism award and she currently sits on the board of the World Editors Forum.

Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa, long-time journalist and now founder and CEO of the Rappler, an online news organization based in the Philippines. She spent two decades at CNN as bureau chief and investigative reporter.

Matthew Thompson

Matt Thompson is the executive editor of The Atlantic, overseeing all cross-platform projects. Previously, he led digital and veritical initiatives at NPR, where he directed news teams covering race, ethnicity, and culture; education; and global health and development.