Salon now lets readers choose to volunteer their CPU to mine Monero instead of viewing ads on its site

Ad blockers are more and more popular these days, and for many businesses this means being unable to rely on ad revenue. Digital news outlet Salon has decided to handle this issue by providing readers with an alternative: let them mine cryptocurrency Monero to make up for the publication’s lost revenue.

The page will use your computer to mine the cryptocurrency only while you’re on the site and if you’ve agreed to let it do so. According to an FAQ they released, Salon will ask users every 24 hours, or whenever they next access the site, if they want to let the publication mine while they browse, in case users don’t have the CPU power to spare. The program is currently still in beta, so users might want to wait until all the bugs are worked out before trying it. However, if it proves successful this exchange could constitute a new way to fund journalism without having to deal with ads.

Salon | Monero

Ad blockers are more and more popular these days, and for many businesses this means being unable to rely on ad revenue. Digital news outlet Salon has decided to handle this issue by providing readers with an alternative: let them mine cryptocurrency Monero to make up for the publication’s lost revenue.

The page will use your computer to mine the cryptocurrency only while you’re on the site and if you’ve agreed to let it do so. According to an FAQ they released, Salon will ask users every 24 hours, or whenever they next access the site, if they want to let the publication mine while they browse, in case users don’t have the CPU power to spare. The program is currently still in beta, so users might want to wait until all the bugs are worked out before trying it. However, if it proves successful this exchange could constitute a new way to fund journalism without having to deal with ads.