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Open vs. Closed in National Tech Strategies: the U.S. and China

In the last several months, the Chinese government has moved swiftly to manage and shape self-driving cars, genetics data and cryptocurrencies in their country—arguably the three most promising technologies of the immediate future.

The Chinese are very good at this managed-closed strategy. Their top-down approach has some clear benefits over more open models for innovation and technology. And it poses a clear choice for a comparatively small country like the United States.

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I don’t think any society can function at any scale with a fully open strategy, as much as many West Coast technologists would like to believe it possible.