By Joseph Dunford, Frances F. Townsend, and Michael Morell

Imagine a world where every click, every search and every text is monitored and censored by a repressive government. Where global technology standards are not set by democratic governments, but by authoritarian regimes that prioritize repression and control over freedom.

Unfortunately, such a scenario is neither far-fetched nor far off: That’s the world’s digital future if the United States and its allies do not win the high-stakes tech competition with China.