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Pohle, Julia
Thiel, Thorsten
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[Journal:] Internet Policy Review [ISSN:] 2197-6775 [Volume:] 9 [Issue:] 4 [Publisher:] Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society [Place:] Berlin [Year:] 2020 [Pages:] 1-19
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin
Over the last decade, digital sovereignty has become a central element in policy discourses on digital issues. Although it has become popular in both centralised/authoritarian and democratic countries alike, the concept remains highly contested. After investigating the challenges to sovereignty apparently posed by the digital transformation, this essay retraces how sovereignty has re-emerged as a key category with regard to the digital. By systematising the various normative claims to digital sovereignty, it then goes on to show how, today, the concept is understood more as a discursive practice in politics and policy than as a legal or organisational concept.
Digital sovereignty
Internet governance
Internet exceptionalism
Digital economy
State authority
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