The Fight for Digital Sovereignty: What It Is, and Why It Matters, Especially for the EU

11 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2021

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Luciano Floridi

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute; University of Bologna- Department of Legal Studies

Date Written: April 15, 2021

Abstract

Digital sovereignty, and the question of who ultimately controls AI seems, at first glance, to be an issue that concerns only specialists, politicians and corporate entities. And yet the fight for who will win digital sovereignty has far-reaching societal implications. Drawing on five case studies, the paper argues that digital sovereignty affects everyone, whether digital users or not, and makes the case for a hybrid system of control which has the potential to offer full democratic legitimacy as well as innovative flexibility.

Keywords: Digital Sovereignty, AI, Technology, Legitimacy, EU

Suggested Citation

Floridi, Luciano, The Fight for Digital Sovereignty: What It Is, and Why It Matters, Especially for the EU (April 15, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3827089 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3827089

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