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Anxieties over China spying on the West have ranged from shooting down balloons in the sky to banning Chinese-owned social media apps. But whilst the US, EU, and potentially the UK, have banned TikTok from government devices, the app might not present any more risk to users’ privacy than US-based social media apps do.
THE CONVERSATION | Tech
Great power rivalry has ratcheted up a zero-sum game of economic advancement. The playing field is science and tech (think chip manufacturing, AI, electric vehicle batteries). The aim is to win against competitor states at all costs. This could splinter the established international trade and investment system—and the global businesses operating in it.
THE ECONOMIST | Globalisation
It’s turbulent times in tech. Fewer unicorns, more (and more) layoffs, bleak statistics on venture funding. From promising startups to heavyweight multinationals, Rest of World surveys how shocks and stresses in geopolitics and the economy have rattled tech companies across the globe.
REST OF WORLD | Tech
Should there be Corporate Political Responsibility? How can leaders discern when an effect on their business is caused by great power competition or genuine commercial competition? Is it more important to consider geopolitical risk than capital markets? McKinsey experts discuss why and how businesses should navigate the current geopolitical landscape.
THE MCKINSEY PODCAST | Geopolitics