miércoles, 17 de octubre de 2018

No "data sovereignty" without "tech sovereignty"

A couple years ago, when the GDPR debate was in it last stretch, "data sovereignty" was one of those buzz words constantly repeated. Behind the mentioned concept is the idea that data sgould be subjected to the laws and governance structures within the nation it is collected. "Data sovereignty" was finally one of the pillars of the GDPR in spite of the opposition of US government and companies.

The idea of "data sovereignty" has taken roots in EU regulation and be extended beyond personal data. In the institutional agreement reached around the free-flow of non personal data regulation, the right of public authorities to access data for scrutiny and supervisory control wherever it is stored or processed in the EU was enshrined. Now, it looks that a new e-evidence regulation will provide EU authorities some kind of right to access to data for law enforcement purposes wherever is stored in the cloud.

Although EU "data sovereignty" is gaining momentum both for personal and non-personal data, it could loose the battle in the long term without the development of a deterrence force. This deterrence force is High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities. It´s hard to imagine maintaining a strong EU authorities control on data processing and storage without a strong base of HPC. And this is not the situation now, while EU provides about 5% of supercomputing resources worldwide but consumes one-third of them. 

It is quite depressed that the EU looks behind in all the central pillars of the digital future, although as in many other cases in HPC it looks that now the EU is trying to join forces. Maybe the EU will recover some positions or maybe not, but we perhaps should start to forget about how to jump forward in a concrete ranking and readjust the complete framework that makes the EU lags behind in all the fields of the digital race. Otherwise we should forget about any kind of tech sovereignty.

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