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Stephen Downes

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According to this article, "Digital sovereignty is presumed to resolve multifaceted problems with respect to individual rights and freedom, political and legal enforceability at a local, regional and national level within a fair competitive market." It encompasses three sub-sovereignties (quoted):

  • Operational sovereignty - transparency and control of provider's operational processes and eliminates bad actors or processes
  • Software and hardware sovereignty - freedom to store and run workloads wherever desired to maximize performance, flexibility and overall resilience
  • Data sovereignty is the control of sensitive data in adherence to local geographical jurisdiction and prevention of unauthorized access and loss of data. 

All good, except for one thing. The language in this article unflinchingly assigns these types of sovereignty to organizations, not individuals. But it is individual sovereignty that is at stake here.

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