Pohle & Thiel on Digital Sovereignty

Julia Pohle (WZB Berlin Social Science Center) and Thorsten Thiel (same) have posted “Digital Sovereignty” (in Herlo, et al. (eds.): Practicing Sovereignty, Digital Involvement in Times of Crises (2021)) on SSRN. Here is the 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.