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 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.
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.
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.