European digital sovereignty

IED Research Paper by Prof. Daniel Innerarity

28.05.2021

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Abstract

The concept of "European digital sovereignty" does not seem to fit well with the global nature of digitalisation, but a closer look at the phenomenon reveals why this term makes sense. First of all, digitalisation is not a process antithetical to territorialisation, contrary to the logic of states or incompatible with the defence of the interests of the European Union, especially at a time when the digital space has become a geostrategic battlefield between countries and, above all, different models. The proposal advocated here consists of understanding this term not only as an ad intra protection but also as a capacity to assert the European model of digitisation on a global scale.


Author

Daniel Innerarity is a professor of political philosophy, "Ikerbasque" researcher at the University of the Basque Country, director of the Instituto de Gobernanza Democrática and part time professor at the European University Institute (School of Transational Governance). Former fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Munich, visiting professor at the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne, London School of Economics, and Georgetown University. Recent books: The democracy in Europe, Politics in the Times of Indignation and A Theory of Complex Democracy.


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