Looks like we might be facing new restrictions on the publication of research into a whole manner of fields:
The law in Australia has been broadened to cover “dual-use” technology, including:
- high-performance, neural, optical and fault-tolerant, computers,
- wavelength research (remember, wi-fi was ‘invented’ in Australia),
- information security research,
- human, animal and plant pathogens, both bacterial and viral,
- fibre optics,
- satellite technology.
- sensor technology.
- signal and image processing,.
- composite materials, and…the list could go on and on.
If a university academic shares an “inappropriate” email with a fellow academic overseas on dual-use research, the Australian faces a $400,000 fine, 10 years in jail and forfeiture of work. Meanwhile, in reverse, the overseas academic could communicate exactly the same information to an Australian researcher without fault or punishment.
Considering that this has already passed - what can we do about this?