Arms race, space race, and now the information race. Today, information is by far the most significant indicator of power. You need to know who your enemies are, where they are, what they are doing, why they are doing it, and when they plan to do it. Governments all around the world spend trillions of dollars each year trying to collect this holy grail of information. They use drones to collect location and video surveillance, internet browsing history to understand & predict behavioral patterns, cell phones to collect – well everything, and the list goes on. So with that said, who is leading the race? Let’s analyze!
Well one factor we need to determine is – who is most connected? Using the Global Connectivity Index (source), we find that the most mature countries are leading the way:
(85) United States
(78) United Kingdom
(72) South Korea
The GCI is calculated using thirty eight variables divided across four cornerstones of connectivity (Supply, Demand, Experience, and Potential). So does this indicate who’s truly winning the race? I’m not so convinced.
To dig deeper, we need to understand who is collecting and storing the most information. Perhaps the 2019 regional predictions for largest data center traffic would be a good indicator. Let’s get Down 2 the Numbers (source):
4.5 Zettabytes North America
2.7 Zettabytes Asia Pacific
1.8 Zettabytes Western Europe
Well first off, I’m sure you are wondering what a Zettabyte is. A Zettabyte is a measure of storage capacity and is 2 to the 70th power bytes, also expressed as 1021 or 1 sextillion bytes.
So who’s the Information Race leader? After analyzing both sets of data, I think it’s safe to say that the US is leading the way. But how long will they stay on top? Will countries like China or India eventually contend for top spot? We will have to wait and see!
MPS Verdict = The United States is the Information Race frontrunner.