CVL tokens are required for participating in Civil’s self-governance model — they’re the chips by which the Civil community will vote on key decisions (e.g., whether a prospective Newsroom meets Civil’s journalism ethics standards), and how Newsmakers will gain access to the publishing tools that will allow them to produce content on Civil.
It’s important to note that having CVL tokens is not a prerequisite to accessing journalism on Civil. Many citizens will simply want to come to Civil to read and support high quality journalism. They do not need to know about blockchain nor ever possess CVL tokens for that process.
We refer to this concept — the differing experiences of those that use CVL tokens and those that do not — as “The Waterline.” More detail can be found here.