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ITS Strategic Autonomy Webinar

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European digital communication infrastructure: How do global trends influence the aim of strategic autonomy?

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Open strategic autonomy. What does this concept mean for European digital sovereignty? What needs to be done to achieve that objective?

If one looks at the European digital communication infrastructure, on the one hand it is a question of sufficient choice of suppliers and competition among them. And on the other hand, it is a question of network security and the (political) reliability of suppliers. In this context, one could argue that Europe needs a strong, long-term industrial policy to create the necessary capabilities to increase European resilience, cyber security and independence.

Remaining open at the same time could mean seeking strategic partnerships with like-minded states and possibly involving private actors to gain control of the most critical technologies and systems to build a resilient and secure digital infrastructure. This could be supplemented by strategic partnerships with other, not necessarily like-minded states in the form of specific cooperation between equals. This would create mutual economic and technological dependence in the respective areas of cooperation – and hence indirectly add to security.

A year after the pandemic hit, this webinar looks at the background and the fundamental questions involved in the building of the next phase in the digital communication infrastructure that is key to the recovery of the European economy.

The academic host for this webinar is Chalmers University.

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