Europe in the World

Europe in the World

Geopolitics of technology and digitalisation

22 May 2024 - 20:02

Technology and digitalisation have become new power factors on the world stage

The battle for the semiconductors that are needed for our phones, cars and domestic appliances, the growing number of cyber and ransomware attacks on governmental organisations and companies, and governments that use the internet and other digital tools for mass surveillance: technology and digitalisation have become new power factors on the world stage.

The geopolitics of technology and digitalisation is of growing importance to our societies, economies and everyday lives. Economic security, smart industrial policy and digital sovereignty have rapidly become the new policy benchmarks.

This research and project programme aims to contribute to agenda-setting and improved policymaking through leading analyses and by shaping the public debate.

We will focus on questions like: how do we ensure that corporate and state interests will not overrule our individual freedoms and digital rights? How can we strengthen Europe’s tech and digital sectors next to American and Chinese giants? How do we prevent growing inequalities due to growing ‘digital divides’ between people who can and cannot access and operate the internet? And how can digital technologies contribute to achieving our climate goals in Europe and beyond?

What will we work on?

Efforts to protect the Dutch and European societies and economies from undesirable foreign influence, securing a safe and trusted digital environment at home: cyber security and resilience, trusted supply chains, critical technologies and materials, and smart industrial policy.

Efforts to promote European principles and economic competitiveness in the field of technology and digitalisation abroad: digital for development, Global Gateway and digital connectivity, standardisation and the valorisation of innovation.

Efforts to shape governance and regulation of the digital domain with a human-centred approach: data governance, digital trade and e-commerce frameworks, e-government and digital identity.

A cross-programme effort

As a cross-programme effort, the Geopolitics of Tech & Digitalisation programme includes the EU & Global Affairs unit and the Security Unit of Clingendael Research, as well as the Clingendael Academy. Clingendael experts and trainers will share their findings in public reports and policy briefs with recommendations for policymakers, and in trainings for participants from the public and private sectors. In doing so, they will always seek to work with trusted partners in the Netherlands, the EU and beyond.

Stay updated

Find our experts, latest reports, policy briefs, events, training programmes and publications on the geopolitics of technology and digitalisation below. Feel free to reach out to the team lead of this programme, Maaike Okano-Heijmans.

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Too late to act? Europe’s quest for cloud sovereignty

01 Mar 2024 - 06:00

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Digital Global Gateway: How can we help?

02 Nov 2023 - 08:49

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Dutch niches for Global Gateway in the digital domain

23 Oct 2023 - 12:00

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Dutch semi-conductor interests in Asia

13 Feb 2023 - 13:00

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Strategic Tech Cooperation Can Push Eu-India Ties

19 Jan 2023 - 10:02

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Europa moet snel dikke vrienden worden met India

17 Jan 2023 - 16:00

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Open strategic autonomy: the digital dimension

09 Jan 2023 - 15:31

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Strategic tech cooperation between the EU and India
10 Jan 2023 - 09:00
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India en Nederland: samenwerken voor meer strategische autonomie
08 Nov 2022 - 16:35
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Slimme industriepolitiek: een opdracht voor Nederland in de EU
18 Mar 2022 - 10:54
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Sino-European joint ventures and the risk of technology transfers
29 Aug 2022 - 08:00
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EU-Asia Digital Connectivity | AESCON Policy Brief series
07 Jul 2022 - 12:39
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The EU’s digital connectivity agenda in Southeast Asia
01 Jun 2022 - 10:02
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Global Gateway: Positioning Europe for a Sustainable Future
23 Feb 2022 - 11:44
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Towards an EU–ASEAN digital partnership?
18 Feb 2022 - 16:22
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The geopolitics of digital financial technologies
18 Jan 2022 - 17:00
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Global Gateway’s proof of concept
15 Dec 2021 - 16:07
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Podcasts: Global Trade Series 2021
11 Nov 2021 - 11:50
Security and Defence
Unpacking open strategic autonomy
25 Nov 2021 - 11:55
Gedeeld belang bij circulaire migratie
23 Jun 2021 - 14:00
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Fostering digital connectivity in and with the Indo-Pacific
19 Apr 2021 - 14:05
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Dealing with China on high-tech issues
22 Dec 2020 - 10:26
Foreign Affairs Barometer
Dutch attitudes towards Chinese technology
19 Dec 2020 - 15:59
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Responding to the Geopolitics of Connectivity
23 Nov 2020 - 15:15
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Europe’s Digital Decade?
21 Oct 2020 - 09:00
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The US–China trade–tech stand-off
12 Aug 2019 - 14:29
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Open strategic autonomy: the digital dimension
09 Jan 2023 - 15:31
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Maaike Okano-Heijmans
Senior Research Fellow
Alexandre Ferreira Gomes
Research Fellow
Rem Korteweg
Senior Research Fellow/Head of Strategic Initiatives & Outreach
Frans-Paul van der Putten
Senior Research Associate
Vera Kranenburg
Research Fellow
Brigitte Dekker
Research Associate