Since 9/11, the challenge of finding the right balance between
serving our national security and maintaining the openness required
for the advancement of science has become more vexing than ever.
By providing issue briefs and links to useful resources on key issues
related to this topic, this website aims to aid scientists, policy makers,
and the general public as they struggle to meet this challenge.
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Issues in Focus
- Foreign Students and Scholars
Because of concerns about terrorism, it is becoming increasingly
difficult for students and scholars in science and technology
fields to obtain visas, a situation that could have serious consequences
for scientific progress. More...
The federal government has implemented a new regulatory program
to monitor and oversee the use of biological agents considered
to pose a threat to public health and safety. While aimed at decreasing
the threat of bioterrorism, these new rules may make it more difficult
to conduct legitimate scientific research. More...
- Export Controls: Grants, Contracts and Publishing
Universities have recently encountered several attempts by federal
agencies to impose restrictions on research grants or contracts
that impinge on academic freedom. More...
- Scientific Publication Policies
The scientific community, which thrives on free and open communication
of information, must decide whether and to what extent restriction
of the publication of certain studies is necessary to protect
national security. More...
- "Sensitive But Unclassified" Information
Increasingly, the U.S. government has sought to restrict access
to information deemed "sensitive but unclassified," a designation
that has caused serious concern in the scientific community. More...
Other AAAS Resources
This free blog kept by news reporters for Science chronicles
the trial of Thomas Butler, a researcher at Texas Tech University
accused of breaking laws on the handling of biological agents.
of "Foreigners" May Slow Scientific Progress
International students play an important role on U.S. campuses,
but since a shaken U.S. government tightened visa rules in the
wake of terrorist attacks, the backlog of visa applications from
young scholars has grown. More...
& Technology in a Vulnerable World
In the wake of 9/11, the S&T community must consider carefully
the contributions that it can make to combating terrorism and
at the same time consider the impacts that security measures will
have on the nationís research and education institutions. This
volume reproduces six talks on these issues presented at the 2002
AAAS Colloquium S&T Policy. More...
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AAAS on science and national security.
Related Projects at Other Organizations
Several other organizations are also studying aspects of these
issues. For example, policies affecting foreign students and scholars
have attracted interest from The National Academies, NAFSA, AAU,
and NASULGC, among others. More...