The 21st century is currently witnessing a technological renaissance unlike anything it has ever experienced before. The proliferation of new technologies like 5G network, Internet of Things (IoT), big data, blockchain and virtual and augmented reality are just some of the emerging game changers that will undoubtedly change our world in more ways than we can imagine. In terms of digital innovation and technological foresight, Asia has proven itself to be at the top of its class. Despite its rapidly growing digital economy, the many advantages that could be reaped by the region may potentially be overshadowed by the rising concerns of cybersecurity threats. In other words, the greater the success of the region’s digital economy, the greater the exposure to increasingly harmful cybersecurity breaches.

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Over the past few years, Huawei has been under fire due to several baseless allegations made by the US government which has caused a ripple effect across the rest of the world and has made the company collateral damage in a trade war between the US and China.

Read more: UK’s Huawei 5G ban and the dangers of prioritizing geopolitics over innovation

As the world becomes more and more interconnected with each generation, the demand for natural resources continues to grow at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, in some cases, human greed has overshadowed the need for providing the global population with its essentials in a safe and sustainable way. Rapid deforestation is one of the ways in which this greed has manifested itself physically.

Read more: Saving the planet one used cellphone at a time