The global technological landscape is changing the interaction dynamics between governments and private actors. The capability to access, control, and exploit vast amounts of data provides a crucial strategic advantage in terms of “political power”, while deepening the digital economy. At the same time, international organizations and state actors are imposing new data regulations to introduce new standard-setting practices. This process will create a “new geopolitics of data” involving both the logical and physical layers of cyberspace and creating, at the same time, strategic and political implications for the current meaning of state sovereignty.
Is there a new data race? What are the political and security implications for governments and companies at a global level? How does this evolving dynamic affect international relations?