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Pohle, Julia
Thiel, Thorsten
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[Editor:] Herlo, Bianca [Editor:] Irrgang, Daniel [Editor:] Joost, Gesche [Editor:] Unteidig, Andreas [Title:] Practicing Sovereignty: Digital Involvement in Times of Crises [ISBN:] 978-3-8394-5760-3 [Series:] Design [No.:] 54 [Publisher:] transcript Verlag [Place:] Bielefeld [Year:] 2021 [Pages:] 47-67
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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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This article has been first published in Internet Policy Review: Julia Pohle and Thorsten Thiel. 2020. “Digital sovereignty.” Internet Policy Review 9 (4).
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