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Future Today Institute's 2021 Tech Trend Report - Government + Policy

"The Biden administration appointed a wide slate of well-known scientists to key positions in the federal government and designated the head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy as a Cabinet-level position."

U.S. antitrust laws ensure and promote fair competition between companies for the benefit of consumers. A move to break up big tech companies Apple, Facebo... view more

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Introduction and Summary: Countries are pushing for a digital vaccine passport to restart travel, but safeguarding citizens’ health data remains a challenge.

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Antitrust Action: State governments are taking action on their own, filing antitrust lawsuits against the tech giants. New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading a lawsuit against Facebook for anticompetitive business practices.

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Scenarios - Predictive Legislation, Near-Future Optimistic Scenario:  A handful of companies control the cloud and have the sole ability to set pricing, access, and standards.

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Scenarios - Saddled with Data Debt, Mid-Future Catastrophic Scenario: Tech platforms connecting the cloud, our smart homes, and our everyday digital activities aren’t interoperable.

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Scenarios - Digital Gerrymandering, Near-Future Pessimistic Scenario: As network connectivity becomes a major factor affecting citizens’ quality of life, access to resources, and even the ability to vote, the practice of gerrymandering is translated to the digital realm.

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Scenarios - Citizen Hedging, Mid-future Neutral Scenario: E-residency is a system originally piloted in Estonia that allows globally itinerant or location-independent business owners and entrepreneurs to avail themselves of certain national services and resources in a foreign country without being a citizen there.

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Applications, Key Questions, and Authors: Anti-competitiveness lawsuits and antitrust investigations will have a chilling effect on merger and acquisition activity by the big tech companies.