TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSAL COULD TARGET EXPORTS OF THE TECH BEHIND SIRI, SELF-DRIVING CARS AND SUPERCOMPUTERS

The Washington Post on 19th November reported that new restrictions on the export of the technology behind voice-activated smartphones, self-driving cars and speedy supercomputers to China was the subject of a proposal floated by the Trump administration.  The official request for public comment asks whether a long list of AI tools should be subject to stricter export control rules.  The US Commerce Department launched a 30-day public comment period to obtain industry feedback on legislation that would impose restrictions on exports of dual-use US technology to China if it could pose a national security risk to the US.  The proposed new rule follows the Export Control Reform Act and Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act that were passed in August.  It is said that these export controls will also be important under the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process because newly controlled emerging technologies will also be deemed “critical technologies” for CFIUS purposes.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/11/19/trump-administration-proposal-could-target-exports-tech-behind-siri-self-driving-cars-supercomputers/?utm_term=.41049a1b31be

https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/us-commerce-department-launches-public-comment-period-emerging-technology-export

https://www.friedfrank.com/index.cfm?pageID=25&itemID=8187

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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