“How can the European Union achieve digital strategic autonomy? Views from future leaders”, Inés Arco Escriche (CIDOB, Spain)

We live in a technopolar moment. In the current context defined by a fragmented digital landscape, technology and digitalization act as (re)distributors of power in the international system – and within societies –, and as catalysts of global powers and large technology firms’ geopolitical and economic ambitions. Advances in new technologies – and those who control them – will undoubtedly shape the future global order. In this ongoing technological revolution, the necessity of the EU to advance toward strategic autonomy and achieve digital sovereignty have become two priorities of the Von der Leyen Commission. The EU aims to develop and control new technologies within its own borders, reasserting its sovereignty in the digital domain. Yet, Brussels may need to balance the regulation of the unruly digital sphere following a model in line with democratic tradition and liberal values with the provision of public digital and cyber goods while addressing its current weaknesses in the digital and technological domain.   

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