Data Sovereignty Seminar Series: Digital/Sovereignty and European Security Integration

10 November 2022

Digital sovereignty has become a leitmotif in European Union, but it still remains a puzzle from both a policy and scholarly perspective. In this talk I will present our recent work (with Helena Carrapico and Denis Duez) which aims at unpacking the discourses and practices that shape digital sovereignty in the domain of security. In conversation with Critical Data Studies and Science and Technology Studies, I will emphasize the importance to study how digital infrastructures become crucial to claim and perform sovereignty.

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14:00-14:05: Welcome and introduction by Orsolya Gulyás & Clément Perarnaud
14:05-14:25: Presentation by Rocco Bellanova
14:25-14:35: Discussion by Raluca Csernatoni

14:35-15:00: Q&A with the audience

Rocco Bellanova is Research Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (interdisciplinary research group Law, Science, Technology & Society-LSTS) and Assistant Professor of Critical Data Studies at the Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He is the PI of the ERC project DATAUNION - The European Data Union: European Security Integration through Database Interoperability. His work sits at the intersection of politics, law, and science and technology studies. He studies how digital data become pivotal elements in the governing of societies. He has recently co-edited a special issue on “Digital/sovereignty and European security integration” (with Helena Carrapico and Denis Duez, European Security, 2022 – Introduction available in Open Access at: ).

Raluca Csernatoni is a Professor on European security and counterterrorism, and new technologies at the Brussels School of Governance and its Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy, at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is currently a research fellow at Carnegie Europe, where she specializes on European security and defence, as well as emerging disruptive technologies. At Carnegie Europe, she is a team leader and policy research expert on new technologies for the EU Cyber Direct - EU Cyber Diplomacy Initiative project. She is also a visiting professor on technology, security, and high-tech warfare with the Department of International Relations of Central European University, and an associate research expert on PeaceTech with the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, both in Vienna, Austria.

This event is part of the Data Sovereignty Seminar Series, jointly organised by CD2I and the UNU-CRIS/VUB Chair on Digital Sovereignty.

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