Tech Companies Criticize Visa Restrictions:Leading tech companies submitted an amicus brief supporting a legal challenge to the Trump Administration’s June restrictions on temporary worker visas. The brief, which cites CSET research among other sources, argues that the new restrictions harm U.S. workers and the economy, permanently damage U.S. businesses and benefit global competitors. Fifty-two companies authored the filing, including Amazon, Apple, Intel, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix, Salesforce and Twitter.
State Department Announces “Clean Network” Program: Secretary of State Michael Pompeo unveiled plans to separate U.S. data from the Chinese Communist Party in coordination with more than 30 other “clean” countries. If implemented, the expanded Clean Network program would separate a broad range of “clean” technological systems from Chinese ones, including apps, smartphones, cloud systems, and phone carriers, among others.
Bill Limiting Private Use of Facial Recognition Introduced: Sens. Merkley and Sanders introduced legislation that requires private companies to obtain written consent from customers before collecting their biometric information. The National Biometric Information Privacy Act restricts the collection and use of biometric information including face scans, voiceprints, fingerprints and genetic markers. The bill requires any private entity in possession of biometric information to develop plans to destroy the data; future data collection can be done only with written consent. Under the law, individuals can sue companies that fail to comply.
In Translation CSET’s translations of significant foreign language documents on AI
Reform and Readjustment Plan for Central State Agencies:Plan for the Reform and Functional Readjustment of Central State Agencies. This 2018 document details China’s significant reorganization of party departments and government ministries. The reshuffle affects virtually all central-level departments and ministries, including those involved in science and technology, industrial policy and education. As of August 2020, few of the newly created or renamed ministries have their own websites, suggesting that the reorganization has not yet been completed.
State Administration of Foreign Affairs Budget:2017 Budget of the Former State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. This is the final 2017 budget for the PRC State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. SAFEA was responsible for recruiting foreign experts, primarily scientists, to come to the PRC and contribute to China’s technological advancement. 2017 was the last full year of SAFEA’s existence; in 2018, it was eliminated in a ministry reshuffle, its functions incorporated into the PRC Ministry of Science and Technology.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Budget:Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2019 Budget. This is the 2019 budget for the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition to its diplomatic and consular responsibilities, the MFA is a major funder of study abroad programs for Chinese students.
Export Compliance Daily: The views of Carrick Flynn and Saif M. Khan on how to limit China’s access to semiconductor technology are featured in an article based on their remarks at the Commerce Department’s July 29 Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee meeting.
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