Fellow Simon Rinas, M.A.

Simon Rinas, M.A.

  Fellow at CAIS from March to August 2020


Patterns of Digital Sovereignty

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.

Main Research Topics
  • Digital sovereignty
  • EU internet policy
  • artificial intelligence
Curriculum Vitae
  • Head of Berlin Government Relations Office at Ericsson
  • Substitute to the Assistant Professor for Internet and Society, University of Hildesheim
  • Associate PhD student at Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin
  • PhD student at University of Duisburg-Essen on EU telecommunications regulation in the Internet age
Publications and presentations
  • Rinas, Simon (2018). Alter Wein in neuen Schläuchen? Netzneutralität im EU-Gesetzgebungsprozess. In Kneuer, Marianne & Schünemann, Wolf J. (Hrsg.), E-Government und Netzpolitik im europäischen Vergleich, 2. Aufl., S. 229–252. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Rinas, Simon (2016). Digital Sovereignty – Europe Between Protectionism and Competitiveness. In Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (Hrsg.) Encore Jahresmagazin, S. 112–115.
  • Rinas, Simon (2016). Vernetzung als Kampf zwischen Kapitalismus und Postmoderne(Rezension zu Clemens Apprich [2015], Vernetzt, transcript). In M&K Medien & Kommunikations-wissenschaft, Jg. 64, Heft 4, S. 564 ff.
  • Rinas, Simon (2014). Und 2018 sind wir alle online – allerdings ohne Glasfaser. politik-digital.de, http://politik-digital.de/news/und-2018-sind-wir-alle-online-allerdings-ohne-glasfaser-141596/
  • Rinas, Simon (2014). Drei, zwei, eins, meins – das Internet in der politischen Ressortfalle. HIIG Blog, http://www.hiig.de/blog/drei-zwei-eins-meins-das-internet-in-der-politischen-ressortfalle/