POSTPONED: Frank H. McCourt, Jr. - Our Biggest Fight (Ferry Building Event)

Frank H. McCourt, Jr.

Our Biggest Fight
Reclaiming Liberty, Humanity, and Dignity in the Digital Age

 

In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

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THIS EVENT PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 3rd, HAS BEEN POSTPONED. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR A NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

The internet as we know it is broken. Here’s how we can seize back control of our lives from the corporate algorithms and create a better internet—before it’s too late.

“In the spirit of Thomas Paine’s Revolution-era Common Sense, this manifesto challenges us to create new digital architectures to safeguard democracy.”—Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Elon Musk

It was once a utopian dream. But today’s internet, despite its conveniences and connectivity, is the primary cause of a pervasive unease that has taken hold in the U.S. and other democratic societies. It’s why youth suicide rates are rising, why politics has become toxic, and why our most important institutions are faltering.
 
Information is the lifeblood of any society, and our current system for distributing it is corrupted at its heart. Everything comes down to our ability to communicate openly and trustfully with each other. But, thanks to the dominant digital platforms and the ways they distort human behavior, we have lost that ability—while, at the same time, we’ve been robbed of the data that is rightfully ours.

The roots of this crisis, argue Frank McCourt and Michael Casey, lie in the prevailing order of the internet. In plain but forceful language, the authors—a civic entrepreneur and an acclaimed journalist—show how a centralized system controlled by a small group of for-profit entities has set this catastrophe in motion and eroded our personhood.
 
And then they describe a groundbreaking solution to reclaim it: rather than superficial, patchwork regulations, we must reimagine the very architecture of the internet. The resulting “third-generation internet” would replace the status quo with a new model marked by digital property rights, autonomy, and ownership.

Inspired by historical calls to action like Thomas Paine’s Common Sense
Our Biggest Fight argues that we must act now to embed the core values of a free, democratic society in the internet of tomorrow. Do it right and we will finally, properly, unlock its immense potential.

 


Frank H. McCourt, Jr. is the executive chairman of McCourt Global, a private family enterprise working across the real estate, sports, technology, media, and capital investment industries. He is the founder and executive chairman of Project Liberty, a broad-based effort to build a better web for a better world. The project includes the development of an open internet protocol (the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol), which shifts data rights from platforms to people, and an institute—launched with founding partners Georgetown University, Stanford University, and Sciences Po—to advance research and develop a governance framework for the internet’s next era.

Michael J. Casey (not appearing) is Chief Content Officer at the award-winning media company CoinDesk, host of the “Money Reimagined” podcast, and the Chairman of the Consensus conference. He has worked as a journalist on five continents, including eighteen years with Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, and was a founding staffer at MIT's Digital Currency Initiative. Casey’s previous books include The Age of CryptocurrencyThe Social Organism, and The Truth Machine.

 

 

 

Frank H. McCourt, Jr. photo credit Dorothy Hong

Location: 

1 Ferry Building Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94111
Our Biggest Fight: Reclaiming Liberty, Humanity, and Dignity in the Digital Age By Frank H. McCourt, Jr., Michael J. Casey (With) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593728512
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown - March 12th, 2024