Bipartisan bill proposes forum on U.S. academic espionage

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Science  07 Jun 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6444, pp. 922
DOI: 10.1126/science.364.6444.922

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The free flow of people and ideas has helped make U.S. research universities the envy of the world. But those institutions have become a target amid growing concern from policymakers that international scientific collaborations may be undermining U.S. economic and military security by giving foreign governments, especially China, unfair access to new technology. Last week, a bipartisan group of legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives rallied to the aid of the research community by introducing a bill (H.R. 3038) that would create two high-level forums for discussing the thorny issue. Its authors hope to insert the language into pending legislation governing programs at the Department of Defense, which is one of the few bills likely to pass Congress this year.