Web3 & Privacy

October 11, 2022
10:30 am - 12:00 pm CET
McCourt Institute, Sciences Po, Paris

Web3 & Privacy
How could a decentralized web protect user data and privacy?

On October 11, the McCourt Institute will kick off its latest event series – “Web3 &”. The first event in the series will tackle the issue of privacy in a decentralized web, and will welcome prominent figures in the field of internet privacy for an in-depth discussion on the impact of new and upcoming technologies, including Web3, on managing, sharing, storing, controlling and securing data and privacy.

New technologies including decentralized data platforms and digital identity solutions present an opportunity to build a more equitable version of the internet that shifts power from major platforms to people, and fundamentally changes how the internet works and who controls users’ personal data and online networks. But advanced technology is only a piece of the puzzle; we also need safeguards and digital governance frameworks that prevent new ideas from being co-opted by the same old powerful interests.

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


10:30 am

Welcome Remarks

10:35 am

Panel Discussion


Leïla Morch, Senior Program Manager, McCourt Institute


Romain Defouilhoux, Blockchain Developer, Co-Founder Aurora Society

Jean-Pierre Landau, Associated Professor and Researcher, Sciences Po

Francesca Musiani, Associate research professor, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

11:25 am

Q&A Session

12:00 pm

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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