Submarine data cables are one of the most important critical infrastructures of the digital age. Surprisingly little is known about how the cable network works, how it is governed and what kind of politics it entails.
In a new exploratory research project funded by the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science, SafeSeas members study the cable network focusing on the cases of Denmark and South Africa. The project is a collaboration between the University of Copenhagen, the Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria), and the SafeSeas network. It runs from 2021 to 2022 and is led by Prof. Christian Bueger, with Dr. Tobias Liebetrau (University of Copenhagen) and Mr. Tim Walker (ISS) as the core team.
Drawing on contemporary debates on the politics and security of infrastructures in this project we connect debates on cyber space and ocean space. We investigates how cables are governed and protected, their geopolitical and socio-technical relations and how cable infrastructure become objects of governance.