Regional Perspectives

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While digitalisation is a global process, the effects of this process in different regions of the world vary significantly. China’s digital policies are very different from Europe’s, for example. The debate about the importance of social media in the context of the “"Arab Spring” in the Middle East clearly differs from today’s debate about “fake news” in the United States. This shows in a striking way that digitalisation is not only interwoven with various policy areas, but is also always part of the regional political dynamics.

There are also feedback loops between regional political developments and the structures of global internet governance. One increasingly urgent question is how the different regional arrangements can be reconciled with the technical and legal requirements of a global communications network.


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Annegret Bendiek, Raphael Bossong, Matthias Schulze

The EU’s Revised Cybersecurity Strategy

Half-Hearted Progress on Far-Reaching Challenges

SWP Comment 2017/C 47, November 2017, 7 Pages
Ben Wagner

Digital Communications and Social Networks: Pointers from the Arab Uprisings

in: Frederic Volpi / Richard Gillespie (eds.), Routledge Handbook on Mediterranean Politics, London: Routledge
Annegret Bendiek

The New ‘Europe of Security’

Elements for a European White Paper on Security and Defence

SWP Comment 2017/C 20, June 2017, 8 Pages
Nadine Godehardt, David Schulze,

China 4.0

Party and Society Debate the Digital Transformation

SWP Comment 2017/C 06, March 2017, 8 Pages
Marcel Dickow

EurasiaNet – How They Split the Internet

in: Sabine Fischer, Margarete Klein (eds.)
Conceivable Surprises

Eleven Possible Turns in Russia’s Foreign Policy

Contributions to Research Papers 2016/RP 10, October 2016, 78 Pages, S. 43-46
Mareike Transfeld, Isabelle Werenfels

#HashtagSolidarities: Twitter Debates and Networks in the MENA Region

SWP Research Paper 2016/RP 05, March 2016, 62 Pages
Annegret Bendiek, Christoph Berlich, Tobias Metzger

The European Union’s Digital Assertiveness

SWP Comment 2015/C 43, September 2015, 8 Pages
Annegret Bendiek

European Cyber Security Policy

SWP Research Paper 2012/RP 13, October 2012, 27 Pages
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