Web3 & Disinformation
On December 1, the McCourt Institute will hold its third event in the “Web3 &” series. The panel discussion will gather various tech experts, media experts as well as social scientists to decrypt the issues at hand and discuss the possible solutions that Web3 can represent in restoring trust in online content.
How might content moderation – or trust and safety, more broadly – work in a Web3 environment where the centralized powers of Big Tech are no longer relevant, and individuals can set the terms for how their data and content are accessed and managed? Web3 is a “trustless” technology: Smart contracts can be established to execute functions when certain criteria are met, meaning policies can be fully encoded into a given application. Can moderation policies be governed by self-executing script, or must there always be a human element to ensure the needs of users are met?
The event is open in-person to Sciences Po students and external guests and will be live streamed on the McCourt Institute website publicly.
Sociologist, Professor at SciencesPo
Dominique Boullier was trained as a sociologist (PhD) and a linguist, and has focused his research on digital technologies since the 1980s. He is now professor emeritus in sociology at Sciences Po Paris. He created and was the director of many labs in France (UTC, Cité des Sciences) and Switzerland (EPFL), including the medialab at Sciences Po, together with Bruno Latour. He published a reference book on "Sociology of the digital," an analysis of the stakes of social media ("Comment sortir de l'emprise des réseaux sociaux?" 'Le Passeur, 2020). His new book "Propagations, a new paradigm for the Social Sciences" is due in February 2023.
Louis-Victor is the CEO and one of four co-founders of Tremau, a technology start-up with the mission to build a digital world that is safe and beneficial for all. Prior to Tremau, he was deputy to the French Ambassador for Digital Affairs. In this role, he specialized in issues related to tackling illegal content online and disinformation, including leading France’s work on the Christchurch Call to Action and the OECD transparency reporting framework on terrorist content online. Before joining the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Louis-Victor worked for a leading non-financial risk management consulting firm within the financial industry. Louis-Victor holds an MBA from INSEAD and BA from the University of Notre Dame.
Co-founder, Blockchain Partner
Claire Balva is a independent consultant specialised in cryptocurrencies. In 2015 she cofounded Blockchain Partner, the first blockchain consulting firm in France. The company was acquired by KPMG in 2021. Claire provides Web3 expertise to large corporations and public institutions. She is the co-author of the French book “Bitcoin & Cryptomonnaies faciles” (Éditions First, 2022).
Senior Program Manager Europe, McCourt Institute
Leïla Mörch specializes in the digital transformation of the State, the challenges of content moderation and social media regulation, as well as the use of new technologies for public good. She previously coordinated a research project at Stanford University at the Content Policy and Society Lab, in search of more ethical moderating artificial intelligences that respect the framework of values and principles chosen by the populations concerned.
She also worked at the French National Assembly as a parliamentary collaborator. Her missions were to support the digital acculturation of societies, in particular on the stakes of blockchain, artificial intelligence, digital inclusion and education and the use of new technologies in public policies. She also founded her NGO, the Francophone Federation of the Future, which aims to capitalize on ethical new technologies to imagine and build the Francophonie of tomorrow.
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.