Sovereignty and strategic autonomy are felt to be at risk today, being threatened by the forces of rising international tensions, disruptive digital transformations and explosive growth of cybersecurity incidents. The combination of AI and cybersecurity is at the sharp edge of this development and raises many ethical questions and dilemmas.
In this commentary, I analyse how we can understand the ethics of AI and cybersecurity in relation to sovereignty and strategic autonomy. The analysis is followed by policy recommendations, some of which may appear to be controversial, such as the strategic use of ethics. I conclude with a reflection on underlying concepts as an invitation for further research. The goal is to inspire policy-makers, academics and business strategists in their work, and to be an input for public debate.
Full open access publication at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11023-019-09508-4 in Journal Minds and Machines
Call for Papers on “EU digital policies and EU in the world”
NOW OPEN: Call for Papers on “EU digital policies and EU in the world” of the journal Digital Society (editor in chief Prof Luciano Floridi, Oxford University).
I invite you to consider responding to this Call. All info at https://link.springer.com/collections/iaedfbjgie .
The EU is often seen as a regulatory power but as a weak global player in technology or military. Still, EU digital policies do have an external impact (the ‘Brussels effect’). Strategic autonomy and digital sovereignty are hot.
Can and should EU digital policies strengthen the position of EU in the world? In which technologies to strengthen the ‘Brussels effect’? Is the EU’s mandate helpful? Can ethics- and values-driven digital policy be a third way for the EU in a bipolar world? What is integrated, coherent digital policy? What about the speed of change and dominance by a few companies and states?
You can submit at any time until 15 May 2022. For inquiries, contact guest editor Paul Timmers,
You can also download the detailed description of the Call for Papers here.
Policy brief on US and EU collaboration on data governance and technology platforms for Transatlantic Technology and Trade Working Group.
This paper provides policy recommendations based on the part of the US-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) Pittsburgh statement that addresses US and EU collaboration on data governance and technology platforms.
The Transatlantic Technology and Trade Working Group is an activity of the Transatlantic Leadership Network, a nonpartisan, international network of practitioners, private sector leaders and policy analysts dedicated to strengthening and reorienting transatlantic relations to the rapidly changing dynamics of a globalizing world.
Across the world governments worry that national sovereignty is at risk in the digital age. They are right. Sovereignty does get undermined by a combination of rising international tensions, disruptive digital transformation throughout economy and society, and explosive growth of cybersecurity incidents.
See the LinkedIn post for the full article.
Strategic autonomy: the quest for self-determination and respect.
Strategic autonomy is a means to safeguard sovereignty. Strategic autonomy means capabilities, capacities and control (C3) to safeguard and strengthen sovereignty of the state of an alliance of states such as the EU. The debate on strategic autonomy is ongoing since some 4 years and will not abate soon.
A formal definition:
strategic autonomy is the ability, in terms of capacity and capabilities, to decide and act upon essential aspects of the longer-term future in economy, society and democracy.
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