As cybersecurity threats put sovereignty at risk, digital standardisation is getting caught in the maelstrom of geopolitics. The 5G debate – the “geopolitical moment” in the digital transition – showed that most governments largely ignored standardisation at their peril. What is needed is a revised governance of standardisation that is fit for global collaboration and that respects sovereignty.

This article is a first contribution to the new EU Cyber Directions Blog.


AI holds great promise, yet also raises many ethical questions. The field of health and care has much to contribute to and a huge interest in the related technology, governance and regulatory debates.

Published in Vol 20, issue 2.

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.


There will be no global #6G unless we resolve #sovereignty concerns in #5G governance. Governments have underestimated the importance of technology governance and will look to reassert control over key technologies. If future technologies are to be based on global standards, and not become geographically fragmented, industry and technology communities need to urgently address this challenge, as I argue in a comment article in Nature Electronics

Published in Nature Electronics, volume 3pages10–12(2020)