Data Sovereignty Seminar Series

Thursday 21 April 2022, 15:00 to 16:00

With the recent publication of the Data Act proposal, debates around strengthening the EU’s digital and data sovereignty are expected to gain momentum at the European level. This new legislative proposal indeed aims to tackle the constitution of data monopolies while protecting the EU’s industrial data from foreign jurisdictions.

Yet, similarly to digital sovereignty, the very notion of ‘data sovereignty’ is subject to significant controversies, primarily due to its various meanings depending on the actors and contexts in question.

The purpose of this seminar series is to explore the concept of data sovereignty in light of the newly launched Data Act proposal, as well as in the wider context of the EU’s data strategy. Our series of seminars offers academic perspectives on these developments, aiming to unpack the complex underlying issues of the upcoming EU negotiations and discuss their possible implications, within and beyond the EU’s borders.

Organised by the Centre for Digitalisation, Democracy and Innovation (CD2I) at the VUB – Brussels School of Governance in collaboration with the UNU-CRIS/VUB Chair on Digital Sovereignty, this series of seminars will bring leading academic speakers from various fields to present their latest research and analysis on key notions such as data ownership and portability, data colonialism, or data localization.

In each one-hour seminar,  the scholars present their cutting-edge insights, followed by a brief discussion with the series hosts and ample time for interaction with the public.

Our online seminars will run from April 2022 onwards.

Please click on the title below for more information about our upcoming seminars:

Seminar #5: Sanctions, war and infrastructures of control: the project of sovereign RuNet after February 24, 2022

  • Speaker: Ksenia Ermoshina
  • Time: December 13, 2022 at 15.00

Please click on the title below to discover the past seminars:

Seminar #1: Infrastructuring Digital Sovereignty?

  • Speaker: Dr. Francesca Musiani  (CNRS-CIS)
  • Time: April 21, 2022 at 15.00

Please find the recording of the lecture below:

Seminar #2: Digital sovereignty in the new era of Internet Governance

  • Speaker: Dr. Roxana Radu (University of Oxford)
  • Time: May 25, 2022 at 15.00 

Please find the recording of the lecture below:

Seminar #3: Resisting Data Colonialism: The Benefits and Limits of Data Sovereignty

  • Speaker: Dr. Nick Couldry (London School of Economics and Political Science), Dr. Ulises Ali Mejias (State University of New York), Dr. Julia Pohle (WZB Berlin Social Science Center)
  • Time: June 16, 2022 at 17.00 

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Seminar #4: Digital/Sovereignty and European security integration

  • Speaker: Dr. Rocco Bellanova (VUB / UvA)
  • Time: November 10, 2022 at 14.00 (CEST)

Please find the recording of the lecture below: