Europe’s Quest for Digital Sovereignty: GAIA-X as a Case Study

Author
Simona Autolitano, Agnieszka Pawlowska
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Istituto Affari Internazionali
Abstract
There is currently much discussion about “digital sovereignty” in Europe. While the term encompasses very diverse connotations, it refers to a broad concept involving data, technological, regulatory and political elements. Cloud computing represents one example of the concrete materialisation of the European Union’s quest for “digital sovereignty” – especially through the development of its GAIA-X project. It is too early to assess whether or not GAIA-X will definitively help the Union to achieve this much-desired goal; however, some challenges have already emerged along the way. Looking to the future, if the EU wants to achieve “digital sovereignty”, a different strategy to the one currently under discussion will be needed.
Topic
Politics, Science and Technology, Sovereignty, European Union, Digital Policy
Political Geography
Europe, France, Germany