Vox Media is proud to announce that Coral by Vox Media, a platform dedicated to building safer and more productive online communities, has been added to the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA) Registry. The DPGA and its registry promotes digital public goods that help create a more equitable world. Coral is currently one of only 89 software platforms around the world to be approved for this standard, alongside projects in public health, climate science, and communication.
Coral brings together journalists and the communities they serve through tools and strategies. As an open source commenting platform free from surveillance, Coral aims to increase public trust in journalism, improve the diversity of voices and experiences in reporting, and generate better online conversation. It currently powers conversations on Vox Media communities, including SB Nation and Polygon, and across the media industry for publishers including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Slate, Mother Jones, and the Sydney Morning Herald.
A digital public good is defined as “open source software, open data, open AI models, open standards and open content that adhere to privacy and other applicable laws and best practices, do no harm, and help attain the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
This designation joins other accolades related to equity in the media: Vox Media has earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) four years in a row, and has been named Digiday’s Best Employer for Parents, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Media, and one of Washingtonian’s 50 Great Places to Work. In July 2021, Vox Media became a member of the Coalition Against Online Violence, which helps journalists and newsrooms find support around censorship, doxing, harassment, threats, trolling, and more. Most recently, Vox Media launched Language, Please, a free, living resource available to all journalists and storytellers seeking to thoughtfully cover evolving social, cultural, and identity-related topics. To read how Vox Media is working to build a better media industry see our commitment to corporate citizenship.
Coral is an open source project helping publishers of all sizes build better communities around their journalism. Initially founded in 2014 as a collaboration between the Mozilla Foundation, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Coral moved to Vox Media in 2019 and is now used by more than 500 newsrooms in 28 countries. Its work was recognized by the European Union in 2018 as upholding key objectives of the EU Code of Practice on Disinformation.
The Digital Public Goods Alliance
The Digital Public Goods Alliance is a multi-stakeholder initiative endorsed by the United Nations Secretary-General, working to “accelerate the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in low- and middle-income countries by facilitating the discovery, development, use of, and investment in digital public goods.” For more information on the Digital Public Goods Alliance please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.