Digital sovereignty

Pohle, J. & Thiel, T. (2020). Digital sovereignty. Internet Policy Review, 9(4). https://doi.org/10.14763/2020.4.1532

19 Pages Posted: 5 May 2022

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Julia Pohle

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Thorsten Thiel

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Date Written: December 17, 2020

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 centralised/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 systematising 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 organisational concept.

Keywords: Digital sovereignty, Internet governance, Internet exceptionalism, Digital economy, State authority

Suggested Citation

Pohle, Julia and Thiel, Thorsten, Digital sovereignty (December 17, 2020). Pohle, J. & Thiel, T. (2020). Digital sovereignty. Internet Policy Review, 9(4). https://doi.org/10.14763/2020.4.1532, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4081180

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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