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U.S. universities confront a security storm in Congress

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Science  09 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6453, pp. 531
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6453.531

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U.S. university officials are keeping a close eye on legislation moving through Congress to prevent foreign entities from taking unfair advantage of the traditionally open U.S. research system. They agree that the threat, notably from the Chinese government and affiliated institutions, is real. And they support legislation (H.R. 3038) already approved by the House of Representatives on a party-line vote. But they are wary of a similar bill (S. 2133) introduced last month by a bipartisan group of senators. It includes provisions that universities worry could raise the cost of doing research and complicate collaborations with domestic as well as international partners. Both bills focus heavily on enhancing cybersecurity, seen as an essential tool in protecting intellectual property and foiling attempted espionage.

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