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Critical systems failure
Single-point system vulnerabilities trigger cascading failure of critical information infrastructure and networks.
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Cyber attacks
State-sponsored, state-affiliated, criminal or terrorist cyber attacks.
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Failure of intellectual property regime
The loss of the international intellectual property regime as an effective system for stimulating innovation and investment.
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Massive digital misinformation
Deliberately provocative, misleading or incomplete information disseminates rapidly and extensively with dangerous consequences.
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Massive incident of data fraud/theft
Criminal or wrongful exploitation of private data on an unprecedented scale.
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Mineral resource supply vulnerability
Growing dependence of industries on minerals that are not widely sourced with long extraction-to-market time lag for new sources.
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Proliferation of orbital debris
Rapidly accumulating debris in high-traffic geocentric orbits jeopardizes critical satellite infrastructure.

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Unforeseen consequences of climate change mitigation
Attempts at geoengineering or renewable energy development result in new complex challenges.
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Unforeseen consequences of nanotechnology
The manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular level raises concerns on nanomaterial toxicity.
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Unforeseen consequences of new life science technologies
Advances in genetics and synthetic biology produce unintended consequences, mishaps or are used as weapons.
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