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ERIC Number: EJ779196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
After the Cold War: A New Calculus for Science and Security
Wallerstein, Mitchel
Academe, v89 n5 p26-35 Sep-Oct 2003
Just more than twenty years ago, the author had the privilege of directing a National Academy of Sciences panel that issued a report entitled "Scientific Communication and National Security," known informally as the Corson Report, after Dale Corson, the panel's chair and president emeritus of Cornell University. Thus, for him, today's discussions about science and security have a strong sense of "deja vu all over again." The nature of the threat has changed, of course, since the Corson panel issued its report. The target of restrictions on open communication of scientific information is no longer the former Soviet Union and Warsaw Treaty states. The risks to scientific and technological progress and the potential negative effects of imposing restrictions remain similar. In this article, the author, a veteran of debates over scientific openess, reflects on today's dangers and possibilities. The U.S. research system is not the only place where important life sciences research is carried out that may be of interest to terrorists and the agents of proliferant states. The European Union, Japan, and other advanced states have research infrastructures equally capable of producing and disseminating information. Thus, despite some highly regrettable unilateral actions taken by the U.S. government in the last year, limitations on the communication of sensitive science and technology information can work only if they are adopted multilaterally. This matter requires urgent attention, and perhaps an international meeting of experts. [This article produced by the American Association of University Professors, Washington, DC.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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