The pushback against globalization seems to be intensifying in the technology sector as politics takes center stage. The ongoing spat with China over the claim that Huawei and ZTE telecommunications equipment could be weaponized by the Chinese government and used to “spy” on US companies and consumers is just the most recent example. Among other things, the outcome could have consequences for the future of an international 5G standard. Then there’s the perpetual fear of technology products, including components, that can be tampered with as they make their way through complex global supply chains. There are tools and technologies to counter malevolent acts, but will they be sufficient to sustain an open and free global tech industry?
What You Will Learn
- How serious the threats are to the integrity of US infrastructure and global supply chains from foreign actors.
- The specific strategies and technologies the US government and corporations are using or considering to protect their supply chains.
Meet the Author
Bruce Rayner is a contributor to SourceToday. For the past 30 years, he has been a keen observer of global business and technology trends with a focus on the electronics supply base and supply chain management. His experience includes staff editor at Harvard Business Review, Editorial Director of Electronics Business magazine and EBN, Director of Thought Leadership at IHS, and Vice President of Consulting and Market Research at Technology Forecasters.