Simon Rinas, M.A.
Fellow at CAIS from March to August 2020
The globalized and digitalized world is currently facing a technology decoupling of global supply chains. Triggered by a US-China trade conflict Europe is in the position to re-evaluate its own capabilities in a global tech ecosystem. After the Snowden revelations in 2013 and the acceleration of data-driven digital monopolies in the US and China, the term digital sovereignty has for the third time recurred to the European debate. Europe’s role in the Internet age seems to be at stake. The research project intends to approach Europe’s strive for digital sovereignty and to scrutinize the endogenous and exogenous effects of EU Internet policy. Learnings from the concept of data sovereignty, which is inherent in GDPR, shall facilitate the analysis of digital sovereignty with regards to artificial intelligence. The results shall illustrate how to maintain digital sovereignty without further contributing to the global splintering of the Internet.