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Fringe Sketch

Explanation of Fringe Sketch

A fringe sketch is an essential tool for projecting trends. The purpose of our fringe sketch is to get a better understanding of how each of our subtopics relate to Policy, Government & Security. The fringe sketch above shows a connected set of lines with the goal of showing which concepts are most closely related. The four bolded subtopics are Antitrust, Political Radicalization, Cybersecurity, and Cyberwarfare. Each of those subtopics have there own aspects that relate to one another throughout the sketch.

For example, one of the most prominent examples on the sketch is how big tech relates to consumer data. In our reports we have discussed how big tech companies are trying to monopolize and eliminate competition. The big tech companies collect consumer data on all of our searches. As a result, it is very easy to draw connection between antitrust and cyber security.

Another interesting connection on the sketch is data breaches and misinformation. Data breaches are a very common form of cybercrime and misinformation is a very common form of political radicalization. These two aspects relate because many individuals come across deceptive advertising, forged documents, fake transmissions, and fake websites. By accessing manipulated entities online we as the users have no idea what data these cites are collecting from us. A data breach con occur from fake messages being sent to massive enterprises.

One final example is how healthcare relates to regulation. The regulation and control of healthcare has been a politically debated topic in the United States for years. Many healthcare companies have the goal of merging to create this giant company so that individuals will be forced to pay exorbitant fees for medicine. Many politicians make it a primary goal to focus on targeting these massive medical firms with the goal of regulating them intensely. This is a clear connection that has some very unique opinions which are discussed regularly all over the news.