Digital sovereignty – is Europe going in the right direction to keep the Internet safe and open?
Rapporteur: Marco Lotti, Geneva Internet Platform
¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 2 The regulation of digital technologies has brought more clarity to the economic market, thus fostering the growth of businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the digital economy. When developing new regulations, advantages for and against introducing new frameworks need to be carefully monitored and weighed to avoid creating barriers to economic players. In regulating the internet infrastructure, we should avoid collateral damage to the services and operators regarding economic costs and availability, and avoid fragmentation of the global critical internet infrastructure. Any regulatory initiatives aimed at exerting sovereignty in a particular field (NIS Directive, DNS4EU) must be well-examined to be sure they do not harm human rights online and are in line with the democratic, multistakeholder principles.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 3 Implementing digital sovereignty should not be understood as building a fortress around Europe, but as enhancing connectivity in a way that allows states to keep individuals and their rights at the centre. Digital technologies impact the enjoyment of individual rights and different countries have different values and visions of the internet and its future. While keeping and promoting dialogue with these players, European policymakers need to anchor new policies in the European value system, human rights, and the rule of law.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 2 The European vision of digital sovereignty should prioritise removing barriers for businesses and fostering economic growth, as is the case for the EU single market, which strives to harmonise rules across member states.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 1 A careful impact assessment of new technologies and tools on human rights should be carried out to avoid violations of individual rights, for example, in the case of surveillance technologies.