Policy paper on digital geopolitics in the Global South in the context of development policies

With its digital geopolitics, the European Union is pursuing a regulatory approach that prioritises data protection and privacy and harmonises innovation and market orientation with the premises of sustainable development. But to what extent is this model also attractive and suitable for the rapidly developing countries of the Global South? The aim of the project commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zusammenarbeit is to close existing knowledge gaps by elaborating a policy paper on the positioning of the EU in digital geopolitics and implementing two expert discussions - one at German, one at European level.
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Erstellung eines Policy Papers zur digitalen Geopolitik im Globalen Süden im entwicklungspolitischen Kontext sowie Durchführung von Fachgesprächen auf deutscher und europäischer Ebene
2021
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Daniel Spoiala, Digital for Development Consulting

Overview

Whether the global digital economy becomes inclusive, fair and sustainable and enables equal development opportunities for all will be decided in the coming years. Against this backdrop, the European Union (EU) has made increased efforts in recent years to position itself as a major player in digital geopolitics with an alternative approach, alongside the US and China:
Its regulatory model, which emphasises the protection of individuals' data and privacy, combines innovation and market orientation with sustainable development goals. In addition, the European Union has intensified its cooperation with the African Union (AU) on digital policy and economy issues in recent years.

However, there has been insufficient research on the extent to which the European approach is an attractive model for the rapidly developing and growing regions in the Global South. The aim of this project is therefore to address the existing knowledge gaps and to develop a policy paper on the positioning of the European Union in digital geopolitics. In addition, two expert discussions - one at German, one at European level - will be implemented. The aim is to gain new insights for the strategic further development of German as well as European digital development cooperation.

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