Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau watches kids use computers at the Pickering Public Library in Ontario on March 27, 2019.

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Philip Dawson is senior policy counsel at the Responsible AI Institute and a technology and human-rights fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Marc-Étienne Ouimette is the global lead, AI policy, at Amazon Web Services and board chair of the Global Partnership on AI’s Centre of Expertise in Montreal.

How governments protect and leverage their national assets in the global technology competition will increasingly determine which countries race ahead in the middle decades of the 21st century. And which ones lag behind.

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