This Forum Europe debate will address how the EU and its member states are approaching technology sovereignty development. It will look at issues around data ownership and how and where data are used and held; consider new, sustainable business models that are constructed around privacy by design, data sovereignty and data innovation, and the potential roles for European and international businesses, investors, regulators and civil society in determining the path for Europe’s digital future.
What role the public and private sectors must play to grow the European digital eco-system, including non-EU firms.
What legislative and political tools the EU and its member countries have or might need to ensure less dependency on non-European digital service providers and greater competition on the market.
Examples of initiatives by European firms to build and provide viable alternative products and services for European citizens and businesses.
How, if Europe gets this right, its push for digital sovereignty could further encourage and cement a values-based approach to global digital cooperation.
Executive Vice President, “A Europe Fit For The Digital Age”
Itsme & Belgian Mobile ID
The agenda will be updated shortly.
Europe’s burgeoning drive for open strategic autonomy is ambitious and likely to be complex. Increased autonomy poses practical, technical, political, and diplomatic questions while at the same time, offering exciting possibilities for the future of tech and data in Europe.
The delivery of a more independent European digital infrastructure, driven by Europe’s legitimate privacy and security priorities, and increasingly linked to questions around competition and dependency, will demand large investments from the public sector and strong cooperation between business and government. It will insist on a combination of greater autonomy on the one hand and greater collaboration on the other, to deliver competitive digital services that respect European values.
It would, however, be too simplistic and economically damaging to cut the digital umbilical cords of which society has come to depend. Europeans rely on a data and digital eco-system that, while mostly non-European, has made a significant contribution to productivity in the EU. It is also clear that any Balkanisation of the internet would not be in the EU’s interests. Working towards mutual trust and the development of global norms that reinforce shared values is critical.
The choices available to the EU are, broadly, to prioritise privacy-focused, secure technologies and services, using additional regulation and competition enforcement if required, regardless of where the services may be based or headquartered; or to work towards strategic autonomy through the development of services and infrastructures that are European built and delivered. A combination of the two may emerge.
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