Web3 & Digital Democracy

November 15, 2022
5:00 - 6:30 pm CET
McCourt Institute, Sciences Po, Paris

Web3 & Digital Democracy
How could a decentralized web protect democracy?

Our “Web3 &” series continues on November 15, taking a specific look at digital democracy. The second event in the series will address the state of digital democracy in our current and future web paradigms. The discussion will highlight how instead of trying to repair a broken internet model  decentralized web technologies can represent a new way forward in our internet architecture, promoting and sheltering democracy. Structural changes brought by Web3 such as the decentralization from the current centralized internet ecosystem could be a way to empower a democratic revival. The numerous challenges Web 2.0 poses to democracy ranging from misinformation, to monopolies, censorship, and others, can help us understand how to build a better future internet governance.


The event is open in-person to Sciences Po students and external guests and will be live streamed publicly on the McCourt Institute website.


Web3 & Digital Democracy
Jen Schradie

Sociologist, Assistant Professor at SciencesPo and Author

A sociologist at the Centre de Recherche sur les Inégalités Sociales at Sciences Po in Paris, Jen Schradie graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School and received her PhD in sociology at UC Berkeley. Schradie is a 2022 grantee of the McCourt Institute. Her research on digital democracy has been featured on CNN and the BBC and in the New Yorker, Le Monde, and WIRED, among others. She was awarded the UC Berkeley Public Sociology Alumni Prize and her Harvard University Press book, The Revolution That Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives, won the Charles Tilly Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association. Last spring, it was published in French: L'illusion de la démocratie numérique: Internet est-il de droite? Follow her on Twitter @schradie.
Web3 & Digital Democracy
Pierre Noro

Lecturer at SciencesPo, COO of BubbleBox Project

Pierre Noro is a researcher in decentralized governance, blockchain technologies and digital ethics. During his time with the French administration (Caisse des Dépôts et des Consignations), Noro designed innovative blockchain-based public services before joining several startups to build impact-oriented decentralized solutions. He is currently working with a team of European researchers on the development of Pebble.vote, the first fully decentralized, transparent and secure voting system. Pierre teaches at SciencesPo Paris and at the Learning Planet Institute (Université Paris-Cité).

Web3 & Digital Democracy
Etienne de Saint Marie

Co-founder & CEO of Republike 

Etienne de Saint-Marie is co-founder and CEO of Republike, a common good-oriented social media network aimed at depolarizing debates and discussions, and co-founder of the Web3 think tank Aurora Society. Prior to that, he spent eight years in financial consulting and has held several CxO positions in different industries. de Saint Marie is deeply attached to the question of the place of human society in the whole of reality. He is a graduate of EM Lyon and has a degree in philosophy.


5:00 pm CET

Welcome Remarks

5:05 pm CET

Panel Discussion

6:05 PM CET

Q&A with the Audience

6:30 PM CET

Closing Remarks

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About the McCourt Institute

Launched in early 2022 with founding partners Sciences Po in Paris and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., the McCourt Institute aims to ensure that digital governance is prioritized in the development of new technology and embedded in the next generation of the web. It supports the goals of Project Liberty, a visionary initiative launched by civic entrepreneur, business leader, and philanthropist Frank McCourt in 2021 to transform how the internet works, create a more equitable digital economy, and develop a new civic architecture for the digital world.

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