Project Liberty is a visionary initiative to transform how the Internet works, who owns and controls personal data, and who benefits from the digital economy.
Technology to serve people, not platforms. The core of Project Liberty is a groundbreaking open-source protocol called the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol (DSNP) that will serve as a foundational layer of the next generation of the web. Version 1.0 of DSNP has been released, along with an initial set of developer resources. The protocol will be open to everyone, a design that shifts the control of personal data from companies to individuals and lays a foundation for people to benefit directly from the economic value of their data.
The McCourt Institute – launched with founding partners Sciences Po in Paris and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. – was established to ensure that digital governance is prioritized in the development of new technology. In addition to supporting research – including $50 million in grants to members of Sciences Po’s and Georgetown’s academic communities – the Institute will create opportunities for technologists to work with social scientists, ethicists, public policy and governance experts, and leaders from the public and private sectors on the development of new technology. Together, these interdisciplinary partners will create a framework for online activity and growth that focuses on technology for the common good.
The Institute’s European home is in Paris on Sciences Po’s campus, and ground has been broken on its U.S. location in Washington, D.C.
Project Liberty is actively engaging regulators, lawmakers, and administrators to help ensure that the technology underpinning how we live, learn, work, and connect reflects a shared commitment to democracy.