Sun. Sep 27th, 2020

Surviving in a world of sharper technological competition

Discussions on technology and strategy in Canberra typically lead down one among three paths.

The first is military implications and applications, usually within the context of our relationships with the us.

The second is around trade and economics, recognising that our economy and prosperity are heavily hooked in to the ideas, products and services of others.

The last is darker, involving arcane sources, secret places and foreign influence, and is concentrated on shutting doors and barring windows.

Along each of these paths, technology is known as something external, ‘done’ or given to Australia by others. There’s no real sense of initiation or ownership. We’ve allowed ourselves to consider Australia essentially as a spectator instead of a participant in technological innovation.

While myopic, that approach was relatively harmless when technological development was strategically neutral. But it’s not so.

Digital technologies, especially , are a key arena of an accelerating great-power competition. That’s important, because digital technologies are deeply intertwined with our economies, our communities, our daily lives and even our identities. Our choice and use of those technologies will increasingly shape our social interactions and constrain our political decisions.

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