With 2020 coming to a close, SC Media is delivering through a series of articles our picks of the most high impact events and trends of the last year, which we predict will factor into community strategies in 2021 and beyond. This is the fourth in that series.

Like coronavirus, the election is a big story that permeates all other big stories. If there is a regulatory or legislative solution to any problem raised in 2020, it will be up to the government of 2021 to achieve.  

As we wrote in October, a Joe Biden administration would bring with it a boatload of potential changes. Experts describe President Donald Trump’s approach to China, a leading force in hacking for industrial espionage and a consistent complication in supply chain security, as transactional and impulsive; Biden, they hope, would be more strategic. Vice President Elect Kamala Harris’s role as a California attorney general, focusing on privacy issues, places her in a unique position to usher in a federal privacy law. And optimism remains as evergreen as it has the last three administrations that the next administration will be the one to pass a comprehensive technology policy.  

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