Launch of the McCourt Institute in Paris with a half-day public event on the future of technology governance

the McCourt Institute Inaugural Event: The Future of Technology Governance will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CET at Sciences Po, 13, rue de l’Université at Paris.

Additionally, during the opening session of this event, the 2022 McCourt Institute Grants will be announced. Through the McCourt Institute, Sciences Po and Georgetown University will each receive grants of $25 million more than 10 years support the development of new scientific work and advance research on technology for the common good, conducted by their community of researchers. Funded projects are selected and administered directly by Georgetown University and the Sciences Po steering committees, and retain full academic freedom.

Frank McCourt, founder of the McCourt Institute, founder of Freedom Projectand President and CEO of McCourt Global said:

“It is time to reset the way technology is designed, developed and operated – not as a vehicle for the benefit of the privileged few, but as a tool for the common good. Through this institute, we have a crucial opportunity to research and to redefine the standards to create technology that better serves society.”

The event will feature an impressive roster of experts on the subject of technology governance, ranging from government leaders, academics, CEOs, journalists and others, including:

  • Marie-Laure DenisPresident of the CNIL
  • Manuel HeitorMinister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of the Government of Portugal
  • Frank McCourtPresident and CEO, McCourt Global and Institute Founder
  • Bertrand PerezDirector of Operations of the Web3 Foundation
  • Marietje SchaakeDirector of International Policy at the Cyber ​​Policy Center and International and Policy Fellow at the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence in Stanford University
  • Andreas SchwabMember of the European Parliament (EPP, German), DMA Rapporteur
  • And others – full list here

This inaugural half-day event promises to be full of insightful presentations and stimulating debates exploring the development of Web3 technologies and their related governance structures. This event will bring together technologists, social scientists, ethicists, public policy and governance experts, as well as public and private sector leaders to advance the discussion on a new decentralized web paradigm and explore issues for the society.

Mathias Vicherat, President of Sciences Po notes:

I am convinced that the study of the impacts of the use of digital technologies and issues related to digital sovereignty will provide a lasting structure to the work of our academic researchers. Beyond understanding mechanisms, our academic communities are also committed to producing solutions for the common gooD. This is a fundamental challenge for our democracies in the years to come.

The partnership with the McCourt Institute is therefore directly in line with our institutional strategy and I am delighted that it will allow us to accelerate our developments. In this context, I welcome the prospects of collaboration with Georgetown University with great impatience and I am very proud that Sciences Po is one of the pillars of this ambitious initiative.

Shéhérazade Semsar, first director general of the McCourt Institutede Boisséson said:

“The McCourt Institute aims to be a transatlantic convening force when it comes to the future of technology governance and the development of solutions for a better digital future. This inaugural event will contribute important ideas and diverse voices at thEast debate, and above all, it will be forward-looking and solution oriented.”

The full agenda and list of speakers, along with details including time and location, can be found on the event page here. The event will be recorded and open to the public. Anyone can register here.


The McCourt Institute

Created in 2021 with the founding partners Sciences Po in Paris and Georgetown University in washington d.c.the McCourt Institute aims to ensure that digital governance is a priority in the development of new technologies and integrated into the next generation of the Web. It supports the goals of Freedom Projecta visionary initiative started by a civic entrepreneur, business leader and philanthropist Frank McCourt in 2021 to transform the way the internet works, create a fairer digital economy and develop a new citizen architecture for the digital world.

Frank McCourt

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


SOURCE McCourt Institute

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