ICYMI: McCourt Institute launched in Paris with public event on the future of tech governance




On Thursday, March 10, the McCourt Institute brought together experts and innovators from a broad range of backgrounds and communities to discuss the future of tech governance and celebrate the dedication of the Institute’s European home on Sciences Po’s campus in Paris.

The event featured: Marie-Laure Denis, President, French data protection authority (CNIL); Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal; Frank McCourt, Chairman & CEO, McCourt Global, Inc., founder, Project Liberty and the McCourt Institute; Bertrand Perez, Chief Operations Officer, Web3 Foundation; Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director, Cyber Policy Center and International and Policy Fellow, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence of Stanford University; Andreas Schwab, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, German), DMA Rapporteur; Mathias Vicherat, president, Sciences Po; and others.

The event attracted more than 200 in-person attendees, and several hundred virtual attendees, including a significant presence of undergraduate and graduate students, and two media partners in Politico Europe and l’ADN. Speakers explored the development of Web3 technologies and their related digital governance structures, along with what is at stake for society. In her welcome message, the McCourt Institute’s Inaugural Executive Director Shéhérazade Semsarde Boisséson highlighted “the urgency of the topic of digital governance and of the work that we at the Institute want to achieve,” and addressed the opportunities and the challenges of web3, the need for digital governance, and the importance of future-proofing upcoming legislation and regulation.

“The next generation of technology is being built right now. We have to act now to build a better future for digital governance and for society,” stated Frank McCourt in the opening discussion with Mathias Vicherat, president of Sciences Po. Their conversation spanned the role of Big Tech in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and the erosion of trust and democracy worldwide as a result of the tech current model and the lack of tech governance.

The full recording for the event is available here.

Additionally, the opening session of the event included the official announcement of the McCourt Institute’s 2022 grants. Through the McCourt Institute, Sciences Po and Georgetown University will each receive grants of $25 million over 10 years to support the development of new scientific work and to advance research on technology for the common good, conducted by their community of researchers. The 17 funded projects and 28 researchers receiving the 2022 grants were selected and will be administered by Georgetown University’s and Sciences Po’s Steering Committees. Information on the 2022 grants and grantees can be found here.

To continue the conversation, we are also announcing the save the date for Unfinished Livethe annual event taking place September 21-23, 2022, in New York City: We hope you will be able to join us there.


McCourt Institute

Established in 2021 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.

Project Liberty

Launched by civic entrepreneur Frank McCourt and fueled by a diverse and growing network of partners, Project Liberty aims to create a new civic architecture for the digital world that returns the ownership and control of personal data to individuals, embeds ethics and shared values into technology, and expands economic opportunities for web users and developers.

Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt is a civic entrepreneur, founder of Project Liberty, founder of the McCourt Institute, and chairman and CEO of McCourt Global.


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