Digital Sovereignty in Africa: Moving beyond Local Data Ownership

CIGI Policy Brief No. 185

June 25, 2024

African countries are making great progress toward digital independence, but accepting foreign help should not come at the expense of data sovereignty. When external actors are involved, building data infrastructure on the continent often comes with strings attached, such as “data colonialism” and unequal distribution of data benefits. African participation in data infrastructure development is therefore key to building local capacity, digital governance and cybersecurity.

About the Author

Folashadé Soulé is a CIGI senior fellow and senior research associate at the Global Economic Governance Programme, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.