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The underwater challenge for digital infrastructures in the Mediterranean

today October 15, 2021my_locationIN PRESENZA


Background

To understand how important underwater digital infrastructures are, just think that 97% of internet traffic and 10 billion dollars of daily financial transactions pass through submarine cables, for a total of 1.2 million kilometers in length. It is no coincidence, therefore, that digital infrastructures are one of the main areas of geopolitical confrontation between China and the US, managing to exert a strong influence on the Mediterranean region and the countries that are part of it. At the moment it is clear that the European Union is lagging behind in this competition, but it has the potential to get back on track. While Washington and Beijing actively work to ensure national companies (Facebook and Google on the one hand, and Hengtong Group on the other) perform at their best, Brussels is unable to put in place a strategy to coordinate European companies, as bound by the choices of individual Member States. The EU has the potential to embark on the path towards digital sovereignty, but the will of national governments, which deal directly with Chinese companies in the sector, is lacking, as they offer more attractive work and services on the cost front. It is not just about economic aspects, but above all about geopolitical issues. A coordinated strategy at European level would make it possible to secure digital infrastructures in the Mediterranean, in order to take care of one’s interests in this macro-region.

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Begin October 15, 2021 H 4:00 pm
End October 15, 2021 H 5:30 pm
Location IN PRESENZA
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