Why Sovereignty Matters – a South African Perspective

by | Mar 22, 2024

Just connectivity, or is it more?

In light of recent internet outages in South Africa, the concept of sovereignty in technology has garnered increased attention. Ensuring sovereignty in technology refers to a nation’s ability to maintain control over its digital infrastructure and data flow.

The recent disruptions underscore the importance of building robust, independent technological ecosystems to safeguard against such incidents. By prioritising sovereignty, countries can mitigate the impact of external disruptions and protect vital services and communications. Additionally, investing in local infrastructure and talent development can enhance resilience and reduce reliance on foreign systems.

As South Africa works to restore full internet functionality, the incident serves as a reminder of the critical role sovereignty plays in maintaining a stable and secure digital landscape.

The Full Picture

Given the current global political turmoil, the country should immediately explore strategies to achieve digital sovereignty, emphasizing the importance of local control over digital infrastructure and data. This highlights the need for policy frameworks that promote indigenous innovation, cybersecurity, and data protection to ensure self-reliance and resilience in the face of global digital challenges.


Find the News24 Cable Break article please click HERE

The SAIIA article on African Digital Sovereignty can be found HERE


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