Quantum computing and 5G are examples of technologies the U.S. government should play a role in developing and investing in, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) said Tuesday.

The federal government has “clear roles” to play in accelerating innovation when it relates to technologies that government agencies are likely to procure, as well as when it relates to public health, national security and safety, Baldwin said Tuesday at an MKE Tech Week event in downtown Milwaukee.

“If we lose the quantum computing race, nothing you want to be encrypted will be encrypted (for) long,” Baldwin said during a Q&A with Madison Region Economic Partnership CEO and MKE Tech Hub Coalition board member Jason Fields. “It’s a security issue.”

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