Shaping a Data Commoning Polity: Prospects and Challenges of a European Digital Sovereignty

Stefano Calzati*

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Abstract

The concept of “digital sovereignty” has gained momentum due to the emergence of a multipolar geopolitical scenario based upon different visions of today’s digital society. In this scenario, the United States, China, and the European Union are major players, each pursuing their understanding of digital sovereignty and their approach to digital transformation. The EU conceives of digital sovereignty as technological autonomy from other competitors, and to achieve this it has carved for itself the role of international regulator. De facto, however, the EU enacts an individual-centric and economic-driven digital strategy that hinders the possibility of a fully-fledged European digital sovereignty. Notably, the concept fails to embed the collective-level dimension proper to sovereignty as such. To tackle this, the paper explores data commoning as the basis for shaping a well-formed European polity, key to its digital sovereignty.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Participation
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 15th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, ePart 2023
EditorsNoella Edelmann, Anna-Sophie Novak, Lieselot Danneels, Panos Panagiotopoulos, Iryna Susha
PublisherSpringer
Pages151-166
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-41617-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-41616-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event15th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Participation, ePart 2023 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 5 Sept 20237 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume14153 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference15th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Participation, ePart 2023
Country/TerritoryHungary
CityBudapest
Period5/09/237/09/23

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Keywords

  • data commons
  • digital sovereignty
  • European Union

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