Digital Sovereignty

Policy Brief
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Digital sovereignty is a relative newcomer, in spite of having become relatively well-entrenched in current policy discourses. In fact, as attacks on digital infrastructures – be they private or public – have become more fierce and frequent, it has become clear that the maintenance of national security largely presumes that a state is able to maintain its cyber security. Recourse to sovereignty in this matter also largely implies a willingness to deal with cybersecurity within the legal domain rather than the purely military one. Digital sovereignty does just that. It asserts national privilege as a matter of principle while at the same time keeping the issue at the level of criminal offence rather than a purely military one.