søndag 8. september 2019

Under pressure, US universities start the year seeking to curb foreign influence fears

America’s universities are starting the academic year amid a fever pitch of concern from lawmakers and federal agencies that they may be conduits of Chinese intellectual property theft and foreign influence, against a backdrop of rising US-China tensions. Federal investigations to root out practices that compromise American research and bills introduced in Congress to curb foreign influence in higher education have gained steam over the past year, after the National Institutes of Health said US research was the target of “systematic programmes” of foreign influence.

Universities have responded with measures that include offering pre-travel security briefings and providing laptops and cellphones free of sensitive data for researchers travelling to “high-risk countries”, updating protocols for screening and welcoming foreign visitors to campuses, and building relationships with their regional Federal Bureau of Investigation offices.