Digital sovereignty

In: Herlo, B., Irrgang, D., Joost, G. and Unteidig, A. (eds.): Practicing Sovereignty, Digital Involvement in Times of Crises. Bielefeld: transcript (2021)

21 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2022

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Julia Pohle

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Thorsten Thiel

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Date Written: November 5, 2021

Abstract

Over the last decade, digital sovereignty has become a central element in policy discourses on digital issues. Although it has become popular in both centralized/authoritarian and democratic countries alike, the concept remains highly contested. After investigating the challenges to sovereignty apparently posed by the digital transformation, this essay retraces how sovereignty has re-emerged as a key category with regard to the digital. By systematizing the various normative claims to digital sovereignty, it then goes on to show how, today, the concept is understood more as a discursive practice in politics and policy than as a legal or organizational concept.

Keywords: Digital Sovereignty

Suggested Citation

Pohle, Julia and Thiel, Thorsten, Digital sovereignty (November 5, 2021). In: Herlo, B., Irrgang, D., Joost, G. and Unteidig, A. (eds.): Practicing Sovereignty, Digital Involvement in Times of Crises. Bielefeld: transcript (2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3982421

Julia Pohle (Contact Author)

WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

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D-10785 Berlin, 10785
Germany

Thorsten Thiel

WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin, 10785
Germany

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