A1 Journal article – refereed

The Treachery of Images in the Digital Sovereignty Debate

List of Authors: Ruohonen Jukka

Publisher: SPRINGER

Publication year: 2021

Journal: Minds and Machines

Journal name in source: MINDS AND MACHINES

Journal acronym: MIND MACH

Number of pages: 18

ISSN: 0924-6495

eISSN: 1572-8641

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11023-021-09566-7

This short theoretical and argumentative essay contributes to the ongoing deliberation about the so-called digitalfug sovereignty, as pursued particularly in the European Union (EU). Drawing from classical political science literature, the essay approaches the debate through paradoxes that arise from applying classical notions of sovereignty to the digital domain. With these paradoxes and a focus on the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, the essay develops a viewpoint distinct from the conventional territorial notion of sovereignty. Accordingly, the lesson from Westphalia has more to do with the capacity of a state to govern. It is also this capacity that is argued to enable the sovereignty of individuals within the digital realm. With this viewpoint, the essay further advances another, broader, and more pressing debate on politics and democracy in the digital era.

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