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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega European digital sovereignty: the EU had it, but did not retain it

Let’s go back to the 1990s. It was a time when the EU dominated the mobile phone industry (2G and 3G), had pre-eminent manufacturers of handsets –Nokia was a world leader–, built PCs and accounted for 30% of global manufacturing output of semiconductors, the essential silicon chips. In 2000, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega New global public goods and evils

Although its origins go back earlier, the idea of global public, or communal, goods has sparked new interest and relevance with the pandemic, especially in the context of vaccines, but also given the new impetus aimed at restoring the environment and securing a fairer global taxation system for large [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Myanmar, a coup of the digital age

There was a time, the second industrial revolution being already well under way, when the first targets to be captured by anyone plotting a coup against legitimate governments were the main telephone exchange and the odd radio transmitter. Later it became television. The coup d’état being perpetrated by the [...]

US election 2020: digital foreign policy

In the midst of the daily over-mediatisation of the United States presidential elections in November 2020, technology and digital policy is off the radar or, at least, a second-order issue within both Democrat and Republican Parties’ political campaigns. However, this is an unquestionably important issue which need particular attention [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 1989, 30 years on: from the Iron Curtain to digital curtains

The night of 8 November 1989, 30 years ago, witnessed not only the breaching of a wall, the Berlin Wall (a key element of the Iron curtain), but also the birth of a hope, the hope that freedom and democracy would flourish. Not long afterwards the Soviet Union collapsed, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A Contract to remedy the web

The Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) were at first almost utopian, at least when they escaped the confines of their military and academic origins and opened up to the general public. Almost 30 years later, the explosion in connectivity, information and transparency has been overshadowed by various [...]

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