U.S. “sanctions list” deep into the campus: Beihang students blocked by Amazon

Because the sea amoy, the address is filled in their own school, the results were actually blocked by the official Amazon?

A few days ago a student from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics posted that he was in Amazon Amoy, because he filled in the school’s shipping address, the account was officially blocked by Amazon, and his previous e-books under the account were all gone.

It should be noted that this student said he did not mark his school’s name when filling in the address, but filled in the address of the school: 37 College Road. Even so, his Amazon account was still officially blocked.

After consulting with customer service, Amazon officially gave a response.

According to the official email message, the reason for the blocking is to “comply with sanctions and export control regulations”. Amazon said the student’s account information had “similarities to organizations with which it is currently unable to do business.

The so-called “organizations with which it cannot do business” refers to Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Like Huawei, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics is currently on the U.S. “Entity Sanctions List”.

In 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce updated the sanctions list, and a number of Chinese universities are on the list. The list of universities includes: Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Electronic Science and Technology, National University of Defense Technology, Sichuan University, Northwestern Polytechnic University and so on. At the end of last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce updated the sanctions list again, including the Beijing University of Technology, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing University of Technology, and Tianjin University, five universities also joined the sanctions list.

The Entity List is an export control regulation established by the United States to safeguard its national security interests. Simply put, the “entity list” is a “blacklist”, into this list of units, and U.S. companies to engage in import and export need to be approved by the United States, to put it bluntly, the United States technology sanctions.

Amazon this time directly using the means of blocking, must be based on this sanction regulations.

From scientific research software banned to the sea amoy account is blocked

In fact, this is not the first time that students and faculty at Beihang have encountered similar incidents. Previously, some students and teachers posted on the Internet that they had problems with their computers and were rejected by the officials when they applied for after-sales service.

The official customer service said in an email: No. 37 College Road, Haidian District, Beijing is the address of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, this unit has been blacklisted by the U.S. government to prohibit trade, we can not provide service at this address, the service order was not approved.

After the student changed the address and signed the paper “guarantee” and “statement of use”, the official after-sales service was provided.

In addition, according to the feedback of some netizens, their own Sichuan University group, has also encountered similar problems before.

Not only that, HUST, which is also on the sanctions list, was also restricted from using research software by the US after the sanctions list came out.

At that time, many HUST students responded that they had received a notice of cancellation of the licensed software, and after negotiating with MathWorks, the MATLAB developer, they learned that the license had been suspended because of the list of U.S. government entities.

After asking MathWorks US customer service, someone got the response that the service could not be restored.

Then someone consulted with MathWorks and the technical support instructor at HIT, and received the following response.

The reply shows that because of the latest import/export control list of the US government, it affects the normal use of MATLAB in the university, and is now actively communicating with the US MATLAB company …. I am very sorry for the trouble caused to everyone.

It is a very breathless thing. This student said, as has paid for the genuine software, there may be hope for limited use in the future.

After all, MATLAB is an essential tool for engineering students nowadays, and even affects thesis publication. And previously within HUST, MATLAB was widely used in a dozen colleges and research institutes, such as the School of Aerospace, the School of Electronics and Information Engineering, the School of Computer and Software, and the Institute of Mathematics.

The conclusion is that similar bans have a very big impact on the students.

And according to the trend, the bans are becoming more and more widespread. Even if we do not name the school when we buy a foreign product, we may be subject to a ban if we are monitored as being within the range of colleges and universities on the block list.