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French presidential election 2022: the tech debate

Technology is increasingly interfering in the daily lives of French and European citizens, who are concerned about its growing influence. There is growing pressure on governments to act in favor of greater transparency and privacy in the digital industry. In the run-up to the French presidential election this spring, the presidential candidates’ digital advisors will share their views and proposals for the future of digital policy and internet governance.

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

6:00PM – 7:30PM CET

Sciences Po Paris

The event will take place in person as well as via livestream on this page.

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Eric Bothorel, Member of the French Parliament for Côtes-d'Armor, digital advisor to La République en Marche

Rémi Cardon, Senator from Somme, digital advisor to Parti Socialiste’s candidate Anne Hidalgo

Nelly Garnier, Paris city councillor, Ile-de-France region councillor, digital advisor to Les Républicains’ candidate Valérie Pécresse.

Samuel Lafont, digital advisor to Reconquête’s candidate Eric Zemmour

Sylvain Raifaud, City Councillor, digital advisor to Europe Ecologie-Les Verts’s candidate Yannick Jadot

Jill-Maud Royer, digital advisor to France Insoumise’s candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon

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.