Speaking sovereignty: the EU in the cyber domain

Andre Barrinha, G. Christou

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The EU’s revised Cybersecurity Strategy (2020) has been constructed in the context of increasing geopolitical tension and within a dynamically evolving technological environment. The onset of new technologies has brought with it new opportunities but also perceived risks and threats in cyberspace, to which the EU has sought to elicit a more comprehensive approach underpinned by a move to become more “technologically sovereign”. We seek in this article to critically unpack what such claims to technological sovereignty mean for the EU in the cyber domain and what the practical implications are of the EU taking ownership of and performing sovereignty. More specifically, in seeking to conceptually unpack technological sovereignty in its internal and external manifestations, we show how its articulation, legitimisation and operationalisation has implications and consequences for the EU’s identity and action in the cyber domain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-376
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Security
Issue number3
Early online date9 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was partially supported The Leverhulme Trust [grant number RF-2019-466].


  • cybersecurity
  • digital sovereignty
  • European security
  • European Union
  • othering
  • Technological sovereignty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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