The growing power shift from Washington to Silicon Valley

Whether Americans voted to drain the swamp or ride the blue wave on Nov 6, one party would continue to be a winner. For years, Silicon Valley has been winning - or rather, privatising some of the primary responsibilities of federal government.

Uber disrupts public transit. Palantir augments security. SpaceX plots our exodus to Mars. And when the Defence Department modernises its computing infrastructure by awarding its US$10 billion (S$13.7 billion) Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI) contract to Amazon (or one of the less likely contenders), it will be another indication that Washington can't go it alone.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2018, with the headline 'The growing power shift from Washington to Silicon Valley'. Print Edition | Subscribe