The European vision of digital sovereignty: From principles to action – FA 01 Sub 01 2022

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21 June 2022 | 10:30 - 11:15 CEST | SISSA Main Auditorium | Live streaming | Live transcription
Consolidated programme 2022 overview / Day 1

Proposals: #31 #77

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Session teaser

What is distinctive about Europe’s digital sovereignty vision and how does Europe progress in moving from principles to action?

Session description

The Opening Plenary session of the 2022 EuroDIG conference will discuss Europe’s pathway towards digital sovereignty and explore what principles and values are underpinning Europe’s vision. Is European digital sovereignty a question of civil liberties, industrial policies or geopolitics? What is specific about Europe’s approach? Is Europe’s push for digital sovereignty enhancing internet fragmentation and what consequences does it have for the future of the cross-border internet and the digital economy? What consensus around a shared vision emerges in the region, and which elements remain contentious? How did Europe advance in constructing its digital sovereignty since the 2021 EuroDIG, and what actions can stakeholders expect in the coming months and years?

The 45 minutes Plenary Session is convening key stakeholders to discuss the state of digital sovereignty in Europe together with the audience and reflect if Europe is going in the right direction to keep the Internet safe and open.

The session will also provide a snapshot and assessment of what an historic number of initiatives mean for the manifestation of the vision of European digital sovereignty. These include in the EU legislative initiatives such as the EU DSA, DMA, Data Act, Data Governance Act, AI Act or Chips Act, as well as the GDPR and the Declaration on European Digital Rights and Principles. Moreover, there are important Council of Europe recommendations and frameworks, and civil society initiatives such as the Manifesto for Public Service Media Internet. What impact have also other international efforts on Europe's digital sovereignty vision and principles - ranging from trade agreements, over the OECD, to the Declaration for the Future of the Internet, initiated by the US, which has been signed by all EU member states and over 30 other countries around the world?


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  • Vittorio Bertola
  • Giacomo Mazzone
  • Alève Mine
  • Paul Fehlinger

Key Participants

  • Werner Stengg, Expert, Cabinet of Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President and EU Commissioner for Competition
  • Francesca Bria, President, Italian National Innovation Fund
  • Alberto Di Felice, Director for Infrastructure, Privacy and Security at DigitalEurope
  • Fanny Hidvegi, Director of Europe Policy, Access Now

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  • Paul Fehlinger, Co-Founder, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network and Affiliate, Harvard University BKC

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