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ALTEP-DP Evening Debate – Sovereignty and Cyberspace

Location: MS Teams/ICAB Business & Technology Incubator, MADERA Room. Rue des Pères Blancs 4, 1040 Bruxelles
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Articulating Law, Technology, Ethics & Politics: Issues of Enforcement and Jurisdiction of EU Data Protection Law under and beyond the GDPR’ (ALTEP DP)

Date Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Time 17:00-18:00 followed by a reception

Hybrid format

In-person venue: ICAB Business & Technology Incubator, MADERA Room.

Rue des Pères Blancs 4, 1040 Bruxelles

Online participation via Teams

Registration: The event is free to attend but registration for attending the event in person and online is required.

What’s at stake?

The popular concept of digital sovereignty seems like a very abstract issue but it touches everyone, even those who never used an online service. Recently there has been a resurgence of the topic, with the European Commission and several companies using more and more the concept of sovereignty in the digital realm. Such invocations, and related initiatives, have political and legal consequences.

Sovereignty is a form of controlling power. While in the offline world this power has been usually linked to the governing power of the state within a certain territory, such power may be shifted in cyberspace, due mainly to its borderless nature (the continuous regulatory tension between states and companies within the digital infrastructure for instance).

This evening debates is going to shed some light on the mode of existence of sovereignty in cyberspace, in search of answer to the question of what determines sovereignty in cyberspace. Cyberspace challenges the concept of sovereignty to redefine its connection with a delimited, exclusive, physical territory in order to tame a virtual, unbounded space where concurrent and overlapping sovereignties may coexist.

This event is co-organised with the Brussels Privacy Hub.

For more information see here. For registration, see here.