We have once again asked our global team of Tech & Comms specialists to highlight some of the challenges and opportunities they expect to see in the year ahead. Covering the many aspects of technology, we have grouped these predictions in four categories: data, regulation, smart infrastructure and new tech. There are strong connections between these four groups, with new tech generating vast amounts of data, leading to new regulatory frameworks and requiring significant investment in new infrastructures.
As businesses continue to explore the opportunities offered by the data economy, our teams see an increased focus on the mobility and security of data as well as the collaboration around data. 2022, we predict, will see a notable uptick in regulatory and legislative activity as many countries start to implement their ambitious agendas for stimulating the development of new tech and infrastructures whilst balancing demands for security, integrity and protection of individuals, networks and society.
What issues do we expect to be at the top of the agenda for tech businesses and the users of their services in 2022? Data continues to be a dominant theme, with Artificial Intelligence vying for pole position and the first signs of what may come next: the metaverse. We have highlighted a range of developments in areas such as AdTech, Mobility, Cybersecurity, Data Localisation and Regulation, 5G, Sustainability, Net neutrality and Online Safety all of which we believe will have a significant impact over the next 12 months and beyond.