We (The Virtual Brown Bag group) are running a survey on strategic autonomy and Europe. See here first results. And you can still participate too!
The hot topic amongst EU policy-makers, after COVID-19, is strategic autonomy and (technological) sovereignty.
Strategic autonomy is the ability, in terms of capacity and capabilities, to decide and act upon essential aspects of one’s longer-term future in the economy, society and their institutions. Where strategic autonomy is the means, sovereignty is the end.
This is about Europe’s say in its own future in economy, society and democracy. It is about the necessary technological and industrial means.What do you think about this? Well, fasten your seatbelts: we have some interesting but also challenging questions!
We would like to know in which of 17 sectors, ranging from AI to 5G, from automotive to pharmaceuticals, from space to defense, Europe must have strategic autonomy. And, in which sectors Europe is able to realise strategic autonomy. And then we would like to know the views on the cost of strategic autonomy in terms of R&D investment at EU level, by companies and the EU member states; and in terms of investment for infrastructure, industrial ecosystem, roll-out or market deployment, etc, so non-R&D investment, again at EU level respectively by companies and the EU member states.
Interested in the first views? You find them below. And for our LinkedIn page click Out of a Brown Bag.
At iivii we set out to make sense of digital transformations. To work with you in your policy-or decision-making and in strategy development. To create value that lasts, that is sustainable.
It is an open door that digital technologies are transforming and even disrupting the way we live, work, and for some even love. It is less obvious how we best deal with 'digital' when we are a public policymaker, when we run a company, when we deliver a general interest service such as health or education.
Digital has also disrupted the neat boxes in which we thought governments, business and academia could be organised. That disruption has unleashed tremendous creativity and energy. We are encouraged by the huge value we get from this change. We enjoy it each and every day. In these times of COVID-19 'digital' has even become for many the lifeline, the rescue from the perils of social isolation.
We are also concerned, however: think of the sovereignty gap that has opened up now that cyber-attacks undermine critical infrastructure. Think of digital business models that have led to surveillance capitalism. Think of the struggles to get our mind around interdisciplinarity.
In the context of the MSc Engineering and Policy Analysis of the Technical University of Delft, organised by Campus The Hague TU Delft, I provided some insights in policymaking at the European Commission (from my perspective as a former European Commission Director). The presentation is now available and a recording of the session is here.
Across the world governments worry that national sovereignty is at risk in the digital age. They are right. Sovereignty currently gets undermined by a combination of rising international tensions, disruptive digital transformation throughout economy and society, and explosive growth of cybersecurity incidents.
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