U.S. Policy Restricts Scientific Publishing by Researchers in Countries Under Trade Embargo

Lila Guterman, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Oct 14, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Five countries are under current U.S. trade embargos: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Sudan. Following investigations by the IEEE a couple of weeks ago, it turns out that these embargos include academic 'services' such as the editing of scientific papers. The U.S. government decision has embroiled the organization and raised concerns among other international organizations that they, too, will be subject to the same restrictions. What really galled members was that the IEEE simply began applying the sanctions, without protest, in 2002. "It's a breach of trust," said Kenneth R. Foster, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, an IEEE member, and one of the most outspoken critics of the IEEE's approach to Iranian engineers. "My principal concern was their very bad treatment of their own members." More on this item here.
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