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.

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Rome, IAI, March 2021, 22 p.
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Issue: 
21|14
ISBN/ISSN/DOI: 
978-88-9368-188-9
Publication date: 
01/04/2021

Introduction
1. Towards a definition of European “digital sovereignty”
2. The rise of a “sovereign cloud” in Europe
2.1 France
2.2 Germany
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”?
Conclusion
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