Why are we here?
The Internet has brought huge opportunities for everyone to report on news, express their opinions, argue for their ideas and anonymously bring attention to abuses and abuses of power. It is a development that we need to protect and defend against restrictions.
On the other hand, the conversational climate on the Internet is getting harsher in many places. Most media companies chose to remove the comment fields on their websites as they were bombarded with hatred, harassment, and threats. This in turn affects readers who would otherwise like to express their opinions, but instead they often write only for like-minded people in social media or are silent.
We believe that this is a democratic problem. We need both to uphold the right to be anonymous when the situation demands it, while creating platforms that are welcoming to everyone who wants to participate, and where users can feel confident that harassment is taken seriously.
From this problem a seed was sown: Why not create a debate site where people can speak freely, but with an ambition to promote serious discussions? Or better yet, why not create a platform that transfers the debate to where it was previously – on the websites of the media houses?