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Beijing Releases Five-Year Plan for Chinese Digital Ecosystem: In December, the Chinese government released the 14th Five-Year Plan for National Informatization, which lays out Beijing’s goals for its digital ecosystem during the 2021–2025 period. The plan (a translation of which Stanford’s DigiChina Project released earlier this week) recaps progress made during the period of the 13th five-year plan — touting 70 percent internet penetration rates and the growth of the country’s digital economy industries, which accounted for nearly 8 percent of China’s GDP in 2020 — and outlines key priorities, policy areas and actions for the current five-year period. As DigiChina’s accompanying analysis notes, the plan indicates Beijing’s shifting priorities: having built up a financially successful digital ecosystem, China plans to move away from the “free-for-all” growth model in favor of more constrained approaches that serve Beijing’s increasingly emphasized goal of “common prosperity.”
Provide $52 billion in incentives for domestic semiconductor manufacturing and research and development.
Authorize $45 billion in grants, loans, and loan guarantees for supply chain resilience and the manufacturing of “critical goods, industrial equipment, and manufacturing technology.”
Create a new office within the Department of Commerce charged with identifying supply chain vulnerabilities and coordinating with stakeholders to mitigate them.
Establish a new directorate within the National Science Foundation focused on advancing research in priority technology areas. This proposal was originally part of the NSF for the Future Act, which the House passed last year and which the America COMPETES Act incorporates.
Amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to create a new class of “Start-up Visas” for entrepreneurs, start-up employees and their families.
Biden Signs Memo on Cybersecurity for DOD and Intelligence Agencies:President Biden signed a national security memorandum that aims to improve the cybersecurity of the systems used by the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies. Last May, the White House issued an executive order outlining new cybersecurity requirements for federal agencies and government contractors, including data encryption and multi-factor authentication mandates. The new memo sets timelines and gives specific guidance for certain “National Security Systems” — namely those used by the DOD and intelligence agencies — to meet those requirements. The memo also:
In Translation CSET’s translations of significant foreign language documents on AI
PRC 14th Five-Year Plan for National Standards System:“14th Five-Year” Plan for Promoting the High-Quality Development of the National Standards System. This document describes China’s overall plan for the development of its national standards system through 2025. It expands upon the guidelines the Communist Party laid out in the October 2021 National Standardization Development Outline and provides more detail about the specific technologies for which China is creating national standards.
PRC Tech Conference Recap:2022 Nationwide S&T Work Conference Convened in Beijing. This article summarizes China’s 2022 Nationwide S&T Work Conference, which reviewed China’s progress toward its technological goals during 2021 and set new priorities for 2022. The conference also served to indoctrinate members of the PRC S&T bureaucracy in Xi Jinping’s latest political pronouncements.
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Job Openings and New Funding
We’re starting the year with a fresh infusion of support in the form of a $2 million unrestricted gift from the Musk Foundation. This funding will support initiatives across CSET.
And we have more exciting news — we’re hiring! Please apply or share the roles below with candidates in your network:
Research Analyst (multiple): CSET RAs are vital to our work across a range of lines of research. Research Analysts collaborate with Research and Senior Fellows to execute CSET’s research. Apply by February 25 and be sure to list your areas of research interest in your cover letter.
Data Research Analyst (multiple): DRAs work alongside our analysis and data teams to produce data-driven research products and policy analysis. This role combines knowledge of research methods and data analysis skills. Those with experience in common data visualization, programming languages, and/or statistical analysis tools may find this position of particular interest. Apply by February 25.
AI Research Subgrant (AIRS) Program Director: CSET’s AIRS Program Director will manage sourcing, distributing and monitoring research grants that seek to promote the exploration of foundational technical topics that relate to potential national security implications of AI over the long term. Closes on January 31.
Business Operations and Management Specialist: Reporting to CSET’s Director of Operations, the management specialist will have responsibility for AIRS pre-award grant processing, contracts management and grants management for the entirety of CSET. Excel/gsheets skills are a must. Apply by 4 March 2022.
Emerging Tech Observatory Analytic Lead: The ETO aims to provide high-quality data on emerging technology to a range of audiences in a useful, accessible way. The Analytic Lead will be responsible for developing the Observatory’s analytic goals, communicating project work, engaging with project stakeholders, supporting product development, supervising project personnel, and developing project strategy. Apply by 21 February 2022
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CSET is launching its Emerging Technology Observatory (ETO), a new effort led by our data team. The goal of the ETO is to build tools and datasets that make it easier for a range of user communities to understand and track global trends in research and innovation. Leveraging CSET’s unique data holdings and infrastructure, the ETO will inform decision-making in areas such as tech forecasting and horizon scanning, strategic planning and funding prioritization, research security, workforce development, risk management and more.
On January 20, CSET’s webinar Strengthening the Technical Foundations of U.S. Security featured a conversation between CSET Senior Fellow Andrew Lohn, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) Director of Policy Russell Wald and Stanford HAI Postdoctoral Fellow Jeffrey Ding about how a National Research Cloud will impact U.S. national security.
Chemical & Engineering News: For a piece about the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s new research-security guidelines, Andrea Widener reached out to CSET Research Analyst Emily Weinstein to discuss the Thousand Talents program and other related Chinese government efforts.
University World News: Director of Biotechnology Programs and Senior Fellow Anna Puglisi discussed the impact of recent Chinese regulatory crackdowns with Yojana Sharma for a recent University World News piece.
Grid: The new media startup featured an interview between Benjamin Powers and Research Fellow Katerina Sedova about AI-powered disinformation.
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