Are you ready to create a web that works better for all?

Project Liberty invites you to join in building a more equitable civic architecture for the next generation of the web.

Project Liberty is a visionary initiative to transform how the Internet works and who benefits from the digital economy by creating a new civic architecture for the digital world.

TECHNOLOGY

Technology to serve people, not platforms

Project Liberty includes the development of a new infrastructure to serve as a foundational layer for the next generation of the web. At the core is a groundbreaking open source protocol called the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol (DSNP), developed by Unfinished Labs and ready for community exploration and experimentation.

This foundation creates the opportunity to reinvent the social network as a shared public resource, freeing technology that historically has been locked in proprietary platforms.

GOVERNANCE

Rules by the community, for the community

We’ve seen how difficult it is for laws and regulations to keep pace with innovation. That’s why ground rules, safeguards, and standards that reflect shared values need to be integrated into the technology development process. 

The McCourt Institute – launched with founding partners Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Sciences Po in Paris – was established to ensure that digital governance is prioritized in the development of new technology. But this is only the beginning. We are working to activate a broad community to contribute to evolving these frameworks.

MOVEMENT

A web that reflects the diversity of its users

Project Liberty’s transformative potential can only be realized if society recognizes that the deep and systemic failings of today’s internet doesn’t have to be accepted, that regulation can’t fully address the scope of existing problems, and that a better and more inclusive future is possible.

With the leadership and support of Unfinished – and its rapidly growing network of partners in technology, academia, social impact, arts, and the public and private sectors – a new movement is gathering momentum with the goal of building a better Internet for all and creating a thriving, multiracial democracy.

THE SOCIAL GRAPH IS NOW OPEN FOR BUILDING.

We’re developing infrastructure that puts people at the center of an innovative, inclusive web economy.

The key to change lies in the power of combining our social networks in one unified social graph that is free from corporate control and rewards innovators and value creators directly.

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A token-based reward layer opens the option to incentivize people who innovate on the new social graph, and who migrate to applications that are built on it.

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Developer tooling and an open market of web services help innovators across the globe create web apps with healthier, higher data standards built in.

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A global, decentralized, open source social graph provides community-governed public infrastructure to connect our social networks while protecting individual data rights.

THE SOCIAL GRAPH IS NOW OPEN FOR BUILDING.

We’re developing infrastructure that puts people at the center of an innovative, inclusive web economy.

The key to change lies in the power of combining our social networks in one unified social graph that is free from corporate control and rewards innovators and value creators directly.

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A global, decentralized, open source social graph provides community-governed public infrastructure to connect our social networks while protecting individual data rights.

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A token-based reward layer opens the option to incentivize people who innovate on the new social graph, and who migrate to applications that are built on it.

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Developer tooling and an open market of web services help innovators across the globe create web apps with healthier, higher data standards built in.

We’re forming an institute to advance a healthier digital future

To support the values reflected in this new web model, the founders of Project Liberty are launching the McCourt Institute to advance technology that serves the common good. Members of the institute will undertake the challenging, interdisciplinary work of discovering how to design and build technology that supports our social fabric and a more equitable economy. Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and Sciences Po in Paris are the founding academic partners. The McCourt Institute’s research will span social science, economics, policy, and technology.

Better rules for a better web

Let’s center the web around people, not platforms.

SHIFT WHOSE VOICES ARE HEARD

For decades the web used by billions has been largely privatized—shaped and limited by a few leaders. It’s time to change that. Web innovation should be easier—allowing more voices, ideas, and perspectives to be heard and engaged in addressing complex problems and discovering new possibilities. The unified social graph provides a new landscape for innovation and collaboration that has never existed.

SHIFT WHO OWNS THE DATA

Today, when we generate or publish data with web apps, we surrender ownership and control. Our data—our relationships, interactions, and even our attention—is fuel to a surveillance economy that has become toxic to our social fabric. We believe that giving people ownership and control of their own data is the first step to break the cycle and shift the balance of power.

SHIFT WHO GETS THE VALUE

The most dominant web apps are designed to extract value from users, not share value with people. They stifle competition by locking the social graph into a walled, proprietary ecosystem. A healthier web model is based on an open architecture that continually welcomes innovation—and provides the infrastructure for value to flow more equitably to all participants.

Perspectives

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