More then 90 per cent of the worlds communication travels through the global submarine data cable network. Although this is a vital infrastructure we know relatively little about how the network works, how cables are protected and what forms of global politics they are part of.
Since 2020 SafeSeas participates in the DACANE project which intends to offer new insights into how submarine data cables are governed and protected on national and regional levels. DACANE focusses on Denmark and South Africa and the relations those two countries establish through their cables.
The first publication from the DACANE project, co-authored by Christian Bueger and Tobias Liebetrau is now forthcoming with the journal Contemporary Security Policy. The article systematically reviews the current research on the cable network and lays out the next steps for the research agenda. It is available as a pre-print here.