iRights.Lab and DIVSI release paper for consolidation of digital sovereignty

Countries like Germany, states like the European Union and individual users – they all have to face the question of digital sovereignty.

In the past years there has been developed a broad social discourse about chances, risks and possibilities for the design of digitalization. The term digital sovereignty is used by different actors for several purposes and with quite different definitions and connotations. Being digitally sovereign means something different for countries than for individual persons. Especially when it comes to the latter, the discussion has recently got into the focus.

But what does digital sovereignty exactly mean in the context of individuals? Who can be digitally sovereign and under what circumstances? And what does this mean in practice?

All these questions are discussed in a new paper that was published by iRights.Lab in cooperation with the German Institute for Trust and Security on the Internet (Deutsches Institut für Vertrauen und Sicherheit im Internet, DIVSI).

Important terms are explained, an overview about the current state of debate ist given and it also includes all the relevant actors. Furthermore the paper provides guidance for the consolidation of digital sovereignty and dares to look into the near and remote future.

To download the paper click here. (German)

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