Libre has readers customize the way they support the news outlets they consume

Advertising and sponsored content are two ways that news organizations are able to sustain themselves, but each come with ethical tradeoffs that can break trust between writers and audiences. Libre is an online platform created by Open Knowledge Brasil that aims to create a third solution, letting readers support their favorite news outlets and even individual writers via a streamlined, monthly subscription.

Once a user signs up for a monthly plan, they can choose where to allocate the money by “liking” different writers or organizations, splitting the money as they see fit. The platform uses a digital currency known as BR1, which is then converted into credits for the recipients. Subscribers can cancel at any time, and if they don’t allocate all of their monthly subscription, the remainder is split evenly by each “liked” organization or writer.

The big difference between Libre and simply signing up for a news website’s own subscription service is that it puts power in the hands of the reader, letting them split their support between multiple companies and journalists. Much like how Netflix is a one-stop-shop that lets subscribers watch content from a broad range of companies, Libre consolidates the number of individual choices consumers need to make to support the media publications they read.

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Advertising and sponsored content are two ways that news organizations are able to sustain themselves, but each come with ethical tradeoffs that can break trust between writers and audiences. Libre is an online platform created by Open Knowledge Brasil that aims to create a third solution, letting readers support their favorite news outlets and even individual writers via a streamlined, monthly subscription.

Once a user signs up for a monthly plan, they can choose where to allocate the money by “liking” different writers or organizations, splitting the money as they see fit. The platform uses a digital currency known as BR1, which is then converted into credits for the recipients. Subscribers can cancel at any time, and if they don’t allocate all of their monthly subscription, the remainder is split evenly by each “liked” organization or writer.