IGF 2018 WS #28
Building Digital Sovereignty Together?

Organizer 1: Eric Eric Germain, CERNA, Allistene Ethics Board for Digital Science and Reserach (France)
Organizer 2: Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, LIP6 - Sorbonne University
Organizer 3: Claude Kirchner, INRIA
Organizer 4: Guerry Guerry, DINSIC

Speaker 1: Eric Eric Germain, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Claude Kirchner, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Panel - 90 Min


A panel session with insights from between Catherine Tessier (Onera, CERNA, COERLE), Eric Germain (co-author of the 2018 report on Digital Sovereignty), Jean-Gabriel Ganascia (AI specialist) and Claude Kirchner (Computer scientist).


We kept the number of speakers limited to let speakers from other background step in, if possible.

Since John Perry Barlow's famous « Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace », we know for sure that Internet is not an independant space. Since information is so central in geopolitics, and while States struggle to find the right balance between freedom and control, there is renewed interest in the notion of "Digital Sovereignty": where does it come from? Who is responsible for it? How can we build it? What tools do we need to build it?

The onsite moderator will first introduce the general topic, then say a few words on each participant. She will then explain that the session is also live online and that participants to the onsite session can raise questions at any time, if this is okay with the speakers. She will then start the discussion among speakers and keep a balanced timing amont them and interactions with the onsite and online audience.

Internet Governance relies on multiple stakeholders, among which State have a central role. That said, those States struggle to define the right balance between freedom and control over their own Internet users. This session tackles this problem by providing an historical perspective on the notion of "Digital Sovereignty" and by exploring its future.

Online Participation

We will share a framapad.org link, an IRC channel and a Twitter/Mastodon hashtag. The online moderator will monitor these channel and report questions and reactions live. The framapad notes will then be used as a draft for a collaborative report of the session.