ERIC Number: ED329275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-22
Reference Count: N/A
Scholarship and the Need for Information.
Rosenzweig, Robert M.
Traditionally, governments have found it necessary to repress unpopular ideas and to restrict the free flow of information. Until quite recently, universities have escaped such repression; however, recent developments in the areas of research in science and advanced technology have created tensions as governmental and academic interests have become more enmeshed. During the years of the Reagan Administration, several national security directives were issued which sought to restrict the communication of research results that were deemed threatening to national security. Information crossing borders was believed to be as potentially dangerous as the export of military hardware. Individual governmental agencies reserved the right to prescreen research papers and "correct" methodologies and data before their publication; and the individual national directive, NSDD 84, which was eventually rescinded, would have required more than 120,000 government employees to sign agreements requiring prepublication review of anything they proposed to publish after leaving the government. It is advised that the intellectual community become more aware of any existing censorship apparatus and work toward a goal of open scholarship. (MAB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Information Policy; Reagan Administration
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum on Federal Information Policies (6th, Washington, DC, March 22, 1989).