The Markup is a nonpartisan, nonprofit newsroom that produces meaningful data-centered journalism that illuminates how powerful institutions are using technology in ways that impact people and society. We aim to hold the powerful to account, raise the cost of bad behavior and spur reforms.
The Markup is a new kind of journalistic organization, staffed with people who know how to investigate the uses of new technologies and make their effects understandable to non-experts. Our work is scientific and data-driven in nature. We develop hypotheses and assemble the data — through crowdsourcing, through FOIAs, and by scraping public sources — to surface stories.
We will publish our stories on our own site, and also through distribution partnerships with other media. We plan to distribute our work in multiple forms: through text-based stories, podcasts, radio appearances and video formats.
We will publish all our articles under a Creative Commons license so that others can freely republish our work. Whenever possible, we will also publish the data and code that we used in data-driven investigations, as well as a detailed methodology describing the data, its provenance and the statistical techniques used in our analysis. We hope that academics, journalists, policy-makers and others will be able to evaluate our data, replicate our analysis and build on our work.
We plan to launch in early 2019.
Sue Gardner is the former Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia, and was previously head of CBC.CA, the news site of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She is on the boards of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Privacy International, Global Voices, and Wiki Education, and is an advisor to Creative Commons and the Committee to Protect Journalists. She has been named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, the Cultural Humanist of the Year by the Harvard Humanist Association, the world’s 70th most powerful woman by Forbes magazine, and in 2015 she received the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness for Defending Internet Freedom for leading the Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout.
Julia Angwin is an award-winning investigative journalist, formerly of the independent news organization ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal. She has twice led investigative teams that were Finalists for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. In 2003, she was on a team of reporters at The Wall Street Journal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for coverage of corporate corruption. Her book, “Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance,” was published by Times Books in 2014. She is also the author of “Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America” (Random House, March 2009).
Jeff Larson is a Peabody Award winner, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and past recipient of a Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He previously worked at ProPublica and The Nation.
Katie is an engineer and engineering manager who comes to The Markup from the Wikimedia Foundation. There, she led a team that was responsible for the security, integrity, and continuous improvement of the foundation’s online international donation infrastructure. Wikimedia’s online donation system provides the majority of the operating budget for Wikipedia.
Madeleine Varner is a Loeb Award winner and previously worked at ProPublica. She has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon.
Surya Mattu is a data journalist and artist. He is currently a research scientist at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab and a resident at Eyebeam. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Explanatory Journalism for his work at ProPublica, and has shown work at The Haus der Kulturen der Welt, The Whitney Museum, V&A Museum and Bitforms Gallery.
The photos on this page were taken by Howard Childs and are free to use under Creative Commons.