Sovereignty 2.0

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Citation: Anupam Chander, Haochen Sun Sovereignty 2.0.
Internet Archive Scholar (search for fulltext): Sovereignty 2.0
Wikidata (metadata): Q109796645


Claims to be the "first comprehensive account of digital or data sovereignty" and surveys various ways states (China, US, EU, Global South) are asserting it. Argues that digital sovereignty is not merely an extension of sovereignty needed to control corporations and competitor states, but is suited to hijacking by states to control their citizens.

Digital sovereignty is new because it is:

  • always global (involves foreign actors, or cuts off local actors from global internet)
  • asserted against corporations (in addition to other states)
  • enlarges legibility to state considerably
  • enables protectionism [comment: unclear how this makes digital different/new]

Historically "sovereign" is most often paired with "immunity"; provides examples of speech, privacy, and security controls being used to insulate the state or control citizens.

Concludes that the power of both corporations and regulators must be regulated.