February 14, 2019

Which Country Owns Data? Increasingly, It's China

Featuring Paul Scharre

Source: U.S. News and World Report

Journalist Sintia Radu

To understand how rapidly the global datasphere – the amount of data around the world that is created, captured, and replicated online – is growing, consider one word: zettabyte.

In the language of people who measure data in the digital space, a zettabyte is equal to 1 trillion gigabytes. Put another way, eight years ago The Guardian described the amount of data contained in one zettabyte as being equal to 250 billion DVDs. Alternatively, Cisco's Taru Khurana says that if each gigabyte in a zettabyte were a brick, one zettabyte could build 258 Great Walls of China.

And now, new research shows that the total amount of online data created, replicated and stored will increase from 33 zettabytes in 2018 to 175 zettabytes by 2025.

Read the full article and more in U.S. News and World Report.

  • Paul Scharre

    Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is the award-winning author of Army ...