A local news networking platform, PublicNext has received 1 crore funding from google. PublicNext has been selected as a recipient of the Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge (Asia Pacific) with funding from Google. PublicNext is the only non-Hindi news platform to win Google News innovation challenge and funding.
The GNI Innovation Challenges ’empower news organizations from around the world that pioneer new thinking in digital journalism, develop new paths to sustainability and better understand their communities.’ PublicNext will use this funding in network recommendation engine to encourage people's participation. “Discussion module” will enable readers to start discussing, dissenting, and debating on the local editorial content. A new “AI engine” will enable readers to block, and report unsuitable discussions. The company will scale up the tech team.
Talking on the future plans, Manjunath Rao, CEO, PublicNext, said, “we intend to replicate user adoption, unit economics across 28 states and 8 union territories in the next 4 to 5 years. Looking at the demand for local content and community, the future looks bright with audio interaction like clubhouse being built for authorities to interact with local people, Local question and answer platform, and even local commerce leveraging ONDC (Open Network for Digital Commerce)."