Australia’s parliamentary intelligence and security committee heard a report the same day that will set out a list of key emerging technologies and limit foreign research cooperation related to those technologies, Reuters reported on March 11.
The Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) has launched an investigation into secret attempts by foreign governments to acquire Australian intellectual property, and has conducted 60 interactions with universities in the past year, given that the Chinese Communist Party does not hide its ambitions in technology research and has set up the “Thousand Talents Program” to bring in senior overseas talent. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has conducted investigations into covert attempts by foreign governments to acquire Australian intellectual property and has had 60 interactions with universities in the last year.
The report revealed that Australia’s national security agencies are already screening universities for international collaborative projects in military or dual-use technologies, but other emerging technologies that pose economic risks will also be the subject of a review led by the Australian Prime Minister’s Office and the Department of Home Affairs. And many of the comments in the inquiry conducted by the Australian Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee on national security risks to universities focused on the Chinese Communist Party.