Perspectives on Digital Sovereignty

Digital sovereignty is an extremely complex fabric of diverse actors with divergent goals. We will approach this complexity from four perspectives, namely law, ethics, technology, and politics. We will take a closer look at these perspectives and draw on the expertise of guest speakers from research and practice who contribute their knowledge, insights and challenges around privacy, data protection and sovereign enactment in a digitally-driven world.

Legal perspective

Jakob Friedrich Krüger

Jakob Friedrich Krüger is a Certified Employment Law Specialist at Kliemt.HR Lawyers. He advises national and international companies with a focus on the preparation of terminations and subsequent litigation. He advises clients on the drafting of employment, termination and severance agreements as well as on issues of works constitution law. He is an active member of the International Practice Group for Data Privacy at Ius Laboris, the association of leading international employment law firms, and advises, inter alia, on the introduction of new technical systems and their negotiation with the works council.

Ethical perspective

Corinna Balkow

Corinna Balkow is a research associate at the Universität Osnabrück in the project SIMPORT. She holds a master degree in Media Informatics and Philosophy and has worked as a software usability tester, international quality manager, and digital society officer in recent years. Her research currently focuses on collective privacy. For example, the conflict between individualized consent procedures and collective effects, or the possibilities of computing norms from collective information that limit individual freedoms. Additionally, she addresses questions of how society is changing through digitization, how algorithmic systems can be audited, and how ethics can be implemented in AI.

Technical perspective

Florian Tschorsch

Florian Tschorsch is assistant professor at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF), where he heads the Distributed Security Infrastructures group since April 2017. His research interests comprise, among others, anonymous Internet communication and blockchain technologies. Here, the main focus is on the interplay of overlay networks and the protocol stack below. In particular, security, privacy, and performance aspects of a distributed architecture take a key role in his work.

Political perspective

Frederike Kaltheuner

Frederike Kaltheuner is a tech policy analyst, researcher and advocate for justice in a world made of data. She has worked as Tech Policy Fellow at the Mozilla Foundation and managed the European AI Fund, a philanthropic initiative to strengthen civil society in Europe. Previously, she was director of the Corporate Exploitation Programme at Privacy International. With her expertise, she advises governments, foundations and nonprofits on emerging technologies, strategy, and tech policy.