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)

We hope you enjoy read­ing!