Constance Bommelaer de Leusse

Constance Bommelaer de Leusse

Executive Director, Project Liberty's McCourt Institute
Joined on March 23, 2015
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Constance de Leusse joined Project Liberty’s McCourt Institute in November 2022 and serves as its executive director. The institute’s mission is to ensure that digital governance is prioritized in the development of new technology and embedded in the next generation of the web. Established in 2021 with founding partners Georgetown University and Sciences Po, this international institute is advancing timely, actionable research on ethical technology and serving as a meeting ground for technologists, social scientists, policymakers and governance experts, and leaders from the public and private sectors.

Constance 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, the father of the internet. In her role of vice president of institutional relations and empowerment, she led the organization’s international partnerships and policy work across stakeholder communities. She also conducted training and learning activities, empowering the next generation of tech leaders to build an internet that creates opportunity and supports the public interest.

Constance has been instrumental in developing new internet governance institutions. She notably founded the Internet Technical Advisory Committee to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), facilitating the participation of global technical and academic communities into international policy discussions. In 2013, she was seconded to UNESCO to help develop their internet governance strategy. She co-authored the UN Information Society concept, i.e. Rights-based, Open, Accessible and Multistakeholder. The latter has, since then, been used as a foundation to support the evolution of digital policy frameworks at the national and regional levels.

Constance 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).

On a part-time basis, she currently teaches digital governance at the university of Sciences Po. She also serves in the Naval Reserve of the French army.

Constance holds a master’s degree in law from the Paris Panthéon Asass University, a post-graduate degree in EU politics from Sciences Po, and a diploma in management from the London School of Economics (LSE). She grew up in the United States and has lived in Switzerland. She is currently based in Paris with her husband and their three children.

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If Code Is Law, Then Protocols Are Good Manners That Help Us Get Along

The Decentralized Social Networking Protocol (DSNP) is a product developed by Project Liberty, an international non-profit founded by Frank McCourt, with the goal of transforming how the Internet works, who owns and controls personal data, and who benefits from the digital economy. The McCourt Institute, as the research and digital governance arm of Project Liberty, aims to support the development and management of DSNP. more

How Governments Can Be Smart About Artificial Intelligence

The French MP and Fields medal award winner, Cédric Villani, officially auditioned Constance Bommelaer de Leusse, the Internet Society's Senior Director, Global Internet Policy, last Monday on national strategies for the future of artificial intelligence (AI). In addition, the Internet Society was asked to send written comments, which are reprinted here. more

“Keep Those Eyebrows Up!” - Cybersecurity at the Global Women’s Forum

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Help Shape the Future of the Internet

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The Value of Openness for Building Tomorrow’s Digital Economy - Reflections on the OECD Ministerial

Yesterday marked the last day of the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy, but also the culmination of a week where the need for an open and trusted Internet has been the main message from all stakeholders. Back in 2008, the OECD was one of the first intergovernmental organizations to open its discussions to the wider Internet community. more

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Decoding the WSIS Message - ISOC Releases Matrix of Countries’ WSIS+10 Positions

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Internet Society’s Contribution to the WSIS+10 Written Consultation

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The Role of the Internet in the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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On the Road to WSIS+10: Open Frameworks for Successful Discussions

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Policy & RegulationInternet GovernanceCybersecurityLawICANNPrivacyInternet of ThingsArtificial Intelligence

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