The increasing presence of technology in the digital age has led to a proliferation of unprecedented challenges. The harvesting and abuse of personal data, the damaging misinformation campaigns, and the surge in digital addiction risk the physical safety of online users, compromise the privacy of individuals and companies, and undermine democratic institutions.

Leading scholars will discuss the most pressing threats associated with the next generation of the web and present solutions during the academic conference, which will be followed by a moderated policy discussion combining a number of these scholars with a group of policymakers.

This event is co-sponsored by Sciences Po, the Georgetown University Global Economic Challenges Network, and the McCourt Institute.

Beatriz Botero Arcila is an assistant professor of law at Sciences Po and an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. She holds a doctor of juridical science and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and is a lawyer from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Her research and expertise focus on data governance in urban environments, privacy law, data governance policy, municipal law, platform governance, and legal theory. Botero Arcila has worked with and advised both fintech companies and human rights and civil society organizations, and she has lectured in law and the digital information economy at several universities. She is also co-founder of the Edgelands Institute, a pop-up institute incubated at the Berkman Klein Center focused on studying digital surveillance and cities.

Constance de Leusse is the executive director of the McCourt Institute. She has more than 20 years of experience in digital policy and capacity building. She started her career working in the French prime minister’s services on information society issues. She then joined the Internet Society, the international NGO founded by Vint Cerf, a father of the internet. de Leusse has served on a number of committees, including the World Economic Forum Internet For All Steering Committee and the UN Secretary-General’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

Matthew Gentzkow is Landau Professor in Technology and the Economy at Stanford University. He studies applied microeconomics with a focus on media industries. He received the 2014 John Bates Clark Medal, given by the American Economic Association to the American economist under the age of 40 who has made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.

Sergei Guriev (moderator) is provost at Sciences Po. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association. Guriev’s research interests include contract theory, corporate governance, political economics, and labor mobility. From 2016 to 2019, he served as the chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Paul F. Nemitz is principal advisor in the directorate-general for justice and consumers of the European Commission. Previously, he was the director responsible for fundamental rights and union citizenship, the lead director for the reform of the European Union (EU) data protection legislation, the follow-up to leaks by U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, the negotiations of the EU – U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks, and the EU Code of Conduct against hate speech on the internet. He has broad experience as an agent of the European Commission in litigation before European courts, and he has published extensively on EU law.

Nathaniel Persily is the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, with appointments in the Department of Political Science, Department of Communication, and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford, Persily taught at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School; he was a visiting professor at Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Melbourne.

Andrea Prat is the Richard Paul Richman Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, professor of economics at the Department of Economics at Columbia University and a Research Fellow and Programme Director of the Organizational Economics programme at CEPR. Prat's work focuses on organizational economics and political economy. After receiving his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1997, he taught at Tilburg University and the London School of Economics. He joined Columbia in 2012.

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya has been a professor of economics at the Paris School of Economics (EHESS) since 2010. She is also a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in the political economy and development economics programmes. Her main academic interest is in political economy. Zhuravskaya received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1999 and spent 10 subsequent years working as professor at the New Economic School and as the academic director of the Center for Economic and Financial Research in Moscow.

8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. EDT / 2:00 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. CET
Welcoming Remarks and Introduction

8:05 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. EDT / 2:05 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. CET
Presentation by Matthew Gentzkow

9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EDT / 3:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. CET
Presentations by Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Andrea Prat, and Nathaniel Persily

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. CET
Policy Panel Discussion

1:15 p.m. EDT / 7:15 p.m. CET
Cocktail Reception