Europe's Quest for Digital Sovereignty: GAIA-X as a Case Study
There is currently much discussion about “digital sovereignty” in Europe. While the term encompasses very diverse connotations, it refers to a broad concept involving data, technological, regulatory and political elements. Cloud computing represents one example of the concrete materialisation of the European Union’s quest for “digital sovereignty” – especially through the development of its GAIA-X project. It is too early to assess whether or not GAIA-X will definitively help the Union to achieve this much-desired goal; however, some challenges have already emerged along the way. Looking to the future, if the EU wants to achieve “digital sovereignty”, a different strategy to the one currently under discussion will be needed.
Study produced as part of the project “La geopolitica del digitale”, March 2021.
DetailsRome, IAI, March 2021, 22 p.
1. Towards a definition of European “digital sovereignty”
2. The rise of a “sovereign cloud” in Europe
2.3 The European Union
3. GAIA-X: A practical approach towards European “digital sovereignty”
3.1 The GAIA-X Initiative
3.2 GAIA-X: A true EU “sovereign cloud”?