IGF 2020 WS #103 Digital sovereignty - strategic, legal and technical aspects


Organizer 1: Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Speaker 1: magdalena wrzosek, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Kulesza Joanna, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 3: Krzysztof SILICKI, Government, Eastern European Group
Speaker 4: Jakub Boratyński, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization


Debate - Auditorium - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

How can we overcome increasing fragmentation in cyberspace at national, regional and global levels? What is digital sovereignty? How can stakeholders better understand its positive and negative impacts, e.g. political, economic, geographical, cultural impacts? Where is the common ground in udenrasding digital sovereignty between legal, strategical and technological aspects of this challenge? What should be made on state lavel and on the international organization level to ensure digital sovereignty? How can we adress digital sovergenity challenge in post COVID environment?

The main challenge is that digital sovereignty is understood differently on strategic, legal and technical aspects. The main goal is to find common ground and create useful recommendation for states and international organization to act.Digital sovereignty could be also use as an excuse for Internet fragmentation. Because of that we intended to present digital sovereignty as an area of cooperation between the states and opportunity to build strong digital economy.


GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals


The workshop will concentrate on the digital sovereignty in three aspects: strategic, legal and technical. The goal is to find the common ground between the policymakers, lawmakers and people who works on technical aspects of cybersecurity on everyday basiscs. The workshop will be held in the form of panel discussion with the participation of experts from public administration, academia and private sector. The panel will be separated in two parts. In the first part we will start with confrontation of digital sovereignty definition provided by policymakers, lawmakers and technical level experts. We will analize the diffent perspective on both state and interanatinal level with examples such as: 5g technology, supply chain, implementation of international law in cyberspace and European Union policy in the field of cybersecurity certification. The second part of workshop will focus on creating the recomendation on how digital sovereignty should be adress on both state and international level. There will be also time for an audience to adress their perspective and ask questions.

Expected Outcomes

We expect to prepare the publication after workshop, which will sum up our findings and could be used in brother discussion about digital sovereignty.

We are planning to have a time for questions from audience and also let them make the remarks and participate in the discussion.

Relevance to Internet Governance: Therefore we intendet to prove that to create digital soveignty the cooperation between diferenet staheholders is nesesery and that creating so called "national interenet" does not quarantee digital sovereignty. To achive that we do need an internatnational law farmework and good cooperation on technical level.

Relevance to Theme: Trust to the emeerging technologies and Interenet is creating by building the cybersecurity. In the discusion about cybersecurity, subject of the digital soveignty becames more and more important. It is linked to creating security by desing and data protection, such as new european regulation - GDPR.

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