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Schlagwort: Cyberspace

The Conceptual Arbitrariness of Digital Sovereignty

I wrote a commentary on one of my favorite subjects over at Theorieblog, the blog of the Political Theory Section of the German Association for Political Science. They are running a series of posts on sovereignty at the moment. This is the English translation of my post. In digital policy debates in Germany, Europe and the world, the term „digital sovereignty“ has become popular since the early to mid-2010s. In German-language discourse, digital sovereignty means – roughly – the ability to act, resilience, self-determination and/or autonomy in digital contexts of the state, society, private companies or citizens. However, in concrete…

Never Mind Digital Sovereignty, Let’s Talk Digital Territory

This is my introductory statement for tonight’s panel discussion on the „Politics of (Dis)Connection“. [EDIT: The event had to be cancelled. I will let you know once a new date has been scheduled.] In this input I want to talk about digital sovereignty, a very popular term, particularly from a European perspective. I want to make three points in this statement: 1) Digital sovereignty is useful for politics but bad for policy, 2) the EU and member states‘ governments use digital sovereignty to articulate a position vis-à-vis a threatening digitalisation, and 3) I’d much rather talk about digital territory than…

Sovereignty and Territory on the Internet

Next week, 23 November 2022, I will participate in an online panel discussion on the „Politics of (Dis)Connection“ organized by Niels ten Oever for the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies. The precis for the event is as follows: The possible establishment of a sovereign internet in Russia, European initiatives on ‘Digital Sovereignty’, and the conflict between China and the United States over Huawei equipment are rekindling the discussion on splinternets and the limits to global interconnectivity. Can the internet, the original network of networks, resist the contemporary strain, or was it built to accommodate these differences? That’s a big question…

Oligarchs and Global Political Agency

As we are watching the results of the US midterm elections trickle in on our livefeeds (FiveThirtyEight for me; first impression: it’s looking better for the Democrats than expected), I am again reminded how Elon Musk urged his fans to vote Republican. Yesterday, I could only address this in parentheses and called it „ridiculous“ but I want to explain this a little more. My main point is not that Musk is a maverick daredevil who plays by own rules – from a historical perspective, Musk is not atypical for a particular class of businessmen that are gaining prominence again in…

Critical Musk Studies

When I announced last week that I would delete my Twitter account shortly, I did it with the expectation that Twitter would – in the long run – devolve into an alt-right shadow of itself. Filled with FrEe SpEeCh advocates who are very concerned about their god-given right to shout racial slurs, literal neo-Nazis, as well as the remains of the more respectable and/or unpolitical Twitterati who haven’t noticed the change or don’t care about it. Basically, a Parler with a broader user base and an inherited veneer of respectability, however long it may last. Well, I am the first…

Goodbye Twitter

I am getting off Twitter after eight years. This is not some noble act of resistance but being part of Elon Musk’s magical mystery agora of free speech just makes my skin crawl. Personally, the choice was easy. Professionally, it was more difficult. Twitter is currently the most important channel for communication among scientists and for public-facing work. I have „met“ many colleagues there for the first time and several opportunities have arisen from being visible and active on Twitter. Hence, my first thought was: „Where do I go then?“ I am already on LinkedIn, ResearchGate and YouTube. Visual social…