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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 Freedom of Information requests 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, including text-based stories, podcasts, radio appearances and video formats.

We are a nonprofit newsroom and we will publish 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.

The Markup’s website does not expose readers to any third-party tracking. The Markup will collect as little personal information about our readers as possible, and we will never monetize this data.

Our Team

The Markup is supported by its readers, and by the following organizations: Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative, which is a collaborative funding effort backed by the Knight Foundation, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, the Hewlett Foundation and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman.