21. June 2022

Europe has hardly recognised the consequences of its digital dependence yet Europe has hardly recognised the consequences of its digital dependence yet

Maximilian Mayer and Yen-Chi Lu

Maximilian Mayer and Yen-Chi Lu develop a Digital Dependency Index (DDI) that provides a precise description of the state of digital dependencies in a global comparison. With the help of the DDI, the complex subject of strategic digital policy can also be better mapped: Worldwide, 23 economically leading countries were identified as having different degrees of digital dependency in terms of trade in digital goods and services, in the area of information and communication infrastructures, and with regard to intellectual property rights for digital technologies.

Mayer und Lu 2022 Konsequenzen digitale Abhängigkeit
Mayer und Lu 2022 Konsequenzen digitale Abhängigkeit © Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
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The growing autonomy gap worldwide complicates strategic digital policy. Europe is no exception. Digital autonomy is little more than an illusion at the moment. Germany and Europe cannot claim digital sovereignty in platforms and infrastructures. The Digital Dependency Index (DDI) now makes the degree of digital dependency in software, hardware and property rights visible for the first time by mapping the complex subject of strategic digital policy.

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