On Geopolitics

The Tech Revolution Comes of Age

Matthew Bey
Senior Global Analyst, Stratfor
Mar 29, 2016 | 10:58 GMT
Thirty years into the information technology revolution, new developments continue to change the world. As tech conglomerates such as Google continue to advance and expand into new industries, they could become supranational powers beyond state control -- and yet integral to it and new global powers.
Thirty years into the information technology revolution, new developments continue to change the world. As tech conglomerates such as Google continue to advance and expand into new industries, they could become supranational powers beyond state control -- and yet integral to it and new global powers.
(Google/CONNIE ZHOU)

Technological revolutions frame historical eras. Each cycle thrusts new sectors into prominence, turning companies into strategic assets for their respective governments to exploit. The information technology revolution is no different. The companies that operate in this space -- such as Samsung, Apple, Google, Facebook and Baidu -- are among the most powerful in the world today. At the same time, they often find themselves at the center of geopolitical disputes....

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