Digital Sovereignty and Geopolitical Crisis

Digital Sovereignty and Geopolitical Crisis

Annual conference of the Digital, Governance and Sovereignty Chair on December 6
  • Annual conference of the Digital, Governance and Sovereignty Chair © Illus_man/SAnnual conference of the Digital, Governance and Sovereignty Chair © Illus_man/S

The Digital, Governance and Sovereignty Chair, hosted by the School of Public Affairs, is organising its annual conference on 6 December from 11.30am to 7pm.

While the notion of “digital sovereignty” is mostly used in Europe as a synonym for the concept of “strategic autonomy”, as coined by the European Union, it is also used, outside Europe, to refer to strategies aimed at regaining control of the global network. In fact, since the beginning of the 2000s, China and Russia have been trying to build a so-called “sovereign Internet” both at the lower layers (servers, protocols, etc.) and upper layers (social networks, messaging services, etc.) of the Internet. In light of these two examples, can we fear, as is often the case across the Atlantic, that the concept of “digital sovereignty” risks legitimizing shifts toward digital authoritarianism?

This annual conference will approach the notion of digital sovereignty in a renewed, global perspective, and will allow to discuss the digital and cyber features of the Ukraine war, and the current technological confrontation between China and the United States.


Opening session: 11:30am-1pm - Digital Sovereignty and Digital Authoritarianism

Keynote: Nate Persily (James B. McClatchy Professor of law at Stanford Law School, Co-Director, Stanford Cyber Policy Center) 

Discutant: Sergei Guriev, (Provost, Professor of Economics, Sciences Po) 

Moderator: Florence G’sell (Professor of private law at University of Lorraine, Chairholder, Sciences Po Digital, Governance and Sovereignty Chair)

Panel 1 : 3pm-4:45pm - La souveraineté numérique en Russie à l'heure de la guerre en Ukraine (in French)

  • Julien Nocetti (Associate Professor, Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan, Chair in Cyber Risk Governance at Rennes School of Business)
  • Nicolas Mazzucchi (Research Director, Centre d’Etudes Stratégiques de la Marine)
  • Ksenia Ermoshina (Postdoctoral researcher at Centre Internet et Société) 

Panel 2 : 5pm–6:45pm – Digital Sovereignty and the Chinese Strategy of a Sovereign Internet

  • Rogier Creemers (Lecturer in Modern Chinese Studies, Leiden University)
  • Anupam Chander (Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Technology at Georgetown University Law Center, Georgetown University)
  • Johannes Thumfar (Senior and Postdoctoral Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussels)
  • Stéphanie Balme (Professeur, Doyenne du collège universitaire, Sciences Po)

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