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Published on
November 11, 2020

Digital Sovereignty is not an established concept and different actors interpret it in various ways. At the main session "Internet Fragmentation: Is Digital Sovereignty the Problem or the Solution?” at the 15th United Nations Internet Governance Forum, panelists helped clarify the different dimensions of this notion and shared views on how it is impacting the interface between the technical and policy layers regarding the internet. 

Moderated by I&JPN Executive Director Bertrand de La Chapelle, the Main Session outlined the tension between data sovereignty and the free flow of data, as well as the manifestation of policy demands on the internet’s technical layer. Recognizing that disinformation is high on the agenda, the exchange also underscored why more cooperation is needed among all actors to collaboratively address abusive content online in light of the disparity of national legislations.

“The debate about digital sovereignty essentially should be understood as how is sovereignty exercised in the digital age? We should recognize that we have problems in common: how are the rules set, implemented, and enforced on the cross-border internet and what is the role of the different stakeholders” said Bertrand de La Chapelle. 

Watch the full recording of the main session here.

Read the transcript of the main session here.