Jusletter IT

Digital Sovereignty Revisited

New elements for a shared and cooperative concept

  • Autor/Autorin: Rolf H. Weber
  • Beitragsart: Rechtsinformatik als Methodenwissenschaft
  • Rechtsgebiete: Rechtsinformatik
  • Sammlung: Tagungsband IRIS 2023
  • DOI: 10.38023/3533b9ee-4a5e-4f81-a9ea-6cb891d60a2d
  • Zitiervorschlag: Rolf H. Weber, Digital Sovereignty Revisited, in: Jusletter IT 23. Februar 2023
The 500 years old sovereignty principle must be realigned in times of globalization. Recently, the notion of digital sovereignty was coined meaning that States claim the right to impose protective measures on infrastructures. Such kind of sovereignty causes the risk that a fragmentation of global networks occurs (“Splinternet”) which is undesirable. In order to overcome this tendency, sovereignty in the digital world should be understood as a notion of shared and cooperative spaces and include civil society-based voices. Therefore, the term “digital sovereignty” needs to be developed into the direction of said concept by encompassing all relevant actors in cyberspace.

Table of contents

  • 1. Historical Foundation and Present Questions
  • 2. Digital Sovereignty as Promise and Threat
  • 2.1. Notions
  • 2.2. Examples for Digital Sovereignty Phenomena
  • 2.3. Risk of Fragmentation
  • 3. Towards the Concept of a Shared and Cooperative Sovereignty
  • 3.1. Society-based Multistakeholderism
  • 3.2. Non-discrimination and Non-appropriation
  • 3.3. Relevance of Commons
  • 4. Outlook
  • 5. References

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