Emerging Technology and Geopolitics of 5G

There are several reasons emerging technology is a highly competitive industry, notwithstanding the race for intellectual property that can be licensed by burgeoning markets for revenue. A first-mover advantage is often a way to lock in relationships that can lead to long-term infrastructure commitments, integration support services, and service delivery platform development. As the adage goes, “Whoever owns the platform, owns the customer.” This race to be the first to establish technological platforms and lock-in their customers is increasingly becoming politicized. …

Recent events have confirmed that the cyber realm can be used to disrupt democracies as surely as it can destabilize dictatorships. Weaponization of information and malicious dissemination through social media pushes citizens into polarized echo chambers and pull at the social fabric of a country. Present technologies enhanced by current and upcoming Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, could greatly exacerbate disinformation and other cyber threats to democracy.

Robert Kagan in his recent Post essay, “ The strongmen strike back,” insightfully states:

What we used to regard as the inevitable progress toward democracy, driven by economics and science, is being turned on…

Marin Ivezic

Cybersecurity Partner @PwC_Canada 🍁 Lead Industrial, IoT and CyberKinetic Security; 5G Security & Privacy

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