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European Union’s foreign policy and technology in Africa

It is not by chance that the European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, visited twice the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia during her first 100 days in office. The latest European Union’s Strategy on Africa, released in March 2020, leans on five pillars: green transition and energy access; [...]

A new kid on the block? China in the security conundrum of the eastern Mediterranean

The eastern Mediterranean, a strategically important region both in terms of connectivity and geopolitics, is plagued by inherent political instability and a long history of intractable conflicts, either ongoing or frozen ones –Palestine, Cyprus, Syria and Libya readily spring to mind. And there has been quite a bit of [...]

Digital rights: a necessary, yet not sufficient framework

Spain’s Government set in for the first time, in June 2020, the elaboration process of the Charter on Digital Rights with an Expert Group composed of jurists, users’ representatives, academics, and cybersecurity and technology consultants. The goal: to round out digital rights which have not been yet embraced by [...]

GAIA-X: an opportunity for the European digital sovereignty?

Winston Churchill stated that “it is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see”. Current times praise this quote: we live in a scenario of technological somnambulism, a stage with no total awareness and knowledge about transformation process that technology is producing in [...]

Which multilateralism for Cyber Norms?

Making a virtue out of necessity. In a crisis situation such as the current pandemic in which the United Nations Secretary-General called for a global ceasefire of armed conflicts as common responsibility, cyberspace –one of the greatest forgotten topics in global negotiations– appears to be at present –more than [...]

Digital truce at times of post-crisis

Digital dividends co-exist with digital divides. Critical junctures reveal at what extent the scope, spread and speed of those Global Commons which are not merely up to States are likely to produce a significant turn. In the case of the current coronavirus crisis, cyberspace and complex digital-based world are [...]

Spain goes digital

I’ve finally installed double glazing in my home. Two companies came to give me quotes. One company measured the size of the windows digitally. The information on the length and width of the windows was sent to their IT system which, together with the cost of the materials, produced [...]

Big Tech companies and States: policy or politics?

In January 2020, Microsoft announced the creation of a permanent delegation at the United Nations in New York City. The goal is to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals on key technology, humanitarian, environmental, development, and security issues. The same company also appointed for the first-time a (Danish) diplomat [...]

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