door no. 9

December 9, 2020

In terms of digital sovereignty, we focus primarily on categories related to technology. However, it can also be viewed from a different perspective – a social perspective.


What could "sociodigital sovereignty" mean in this context?

  1. Social associations and social institutions are trained for digitisation.

    Presumably, as with all social institutions, they have significant potential to go digital. But this is not the meaning of “sociodigital sovereignty”.

  2. Schools – especially in socially deprived areas – will be fully equipped with digital devices for all pupils and teachers by the end of 2020 and will be extensively trained in their use.

    A wonderful goal, but unfortunately a pipe dream: digitalised learning is, as the Corona pandemic has shown impressively, a sore point in the education sector. Neither do all pupils have access to appropriate equipment, nor are curricula and teaching materials adapted to digital, nor are teachers suitably equipped to teach digital skills.

  3. Sociodigital sovereignty is understood as a social attitude – implicit “gut feeling” and explicit knowledge of rules complement each other.

    Correct! The idea of sovereignty as a social attitude is inspired by the theory of the sociologist George H. Mead, who studied the formation of identity and society. Attitude in this context means an experience-based awareness of one’s own ability to shape one’s own life world and combines an implicit gut feeling (intuition) and explicit knowledge of rules. Sovereignty can thus be described as an attitude between two extreme basic positions: between control and trust – especially when using digital possibilities. (Source: Digital Sovereignty, Institute for Innovation and Technology, iit-Themenband, Volker Wittpahl – Eds.)