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Digital Sovereignty

The expression “digital sovereignty” seems to refer to the capacity of States to ensure that their rules are respected by the various actors in the online world. In this respect, this notion expresses the difficulties that States sometimes face in exercising their traditional functions in the face of powerful transnational actors with an indisputable technological lead. These difficulties are all the more important as States are sometimes dependent on these actors, because they need technological services (such as cloud computing) to perform their public functions. Thus, the expression “digital sovereignty” unquestionably has a legal aspect, since it refers to the prerogatives of the State and its ability to regulate contemporary technological giants. But it also has an economic and industrial aspect, in that it reflects the need to catch up with a technological gap that places Europe and France in a situation of dependence.

This thematic dossier is therefore dedicated to the different aspects of digital sovereignty, which concern both the exercise of state prerogatives in cyberspace and the question of technological independence, also known as “strategic autonomy”. This dossier also deals with the issue of “data sovereignty”, which refers to the need to maintain control over data as a form of strategic asset.

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