The aim of this research project is to develop a revolutionary platform for citizen journalism and social media. Term of the project: 2019 to 2021. 



These days, more and more citizens are becoming journalists. Whenever and wherever an incident, accident, attack or demonstration, etc. takes place, people will be on the scene who can take photos and record videos of the events with their smartphone live and direct and share them on various social media sites. Journalists and media organisations are only too happy to pay for this material in order to be able to include it in their reports. But is the material real or fake? Which senders and which social media sites can be trusted? What is the situation with regard to image rights? And what about remuneration? This is all currently either regulated and documented across an extremely wide range of different sites or not at all. 


Aim and implementation of the Helios platform 

  • Intelligent workflows – based on blockchain network architecture – ensure that content can be uploaded anonymously and used via a single trusted video exchange platform. 
  • Publishers can access the content directly via the mobile app and edit the material (cut it, set it to music and add text, etc.) in a user-friendly and media-compatible manner. 
  • The content is reliable as it cannot be manipulated thanks to the blockchain technology. The platform features digital rights management and safeguards privacy. 
  • Data are protected and are billed via “credits”. “Citizen journalists” also benefit from this. Remuneration is based on actual usage, similarly to a wallet. A new marketplace is emerging. 


Helios is expected to trigger a social media revolution in Europe. 
Initial successful tests have already been conducted with SWI A corresponding technical video for publishers is currently under development. 

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Robin Ribback
Robin Ribback
Innovation Manager