According to a report by the Financial Review Network on Tuesday (9th), the Australian Intelligence Agency (ASIO) announced that higher education and its research department are one of Australia’s current “risk” departments because foreign powers want to obtain internal knowledge of Australian research and technology.
ASIO stated in a risk analysis document for the department submitted to the Parliamentary Joint Committee that although the spirit of openness and cooperation has always been the foundation of Australia’s scientific and technological achievements, this kind of collaboration has allowed Australian research institutions to have different political, cultural and ethical values. Of international partners.
ASIO cited four examples, but did not name organizations or individuals.
"We are also aware that there is an attempt to steal sensitive Australian intellectual property rights."
A new perspective from ASIO
The Australian Federal Police supports ASIO’s opinions in its submissions and pointed out that there are reports that academic institutions and research institutions are becoming targets of foreign powers to gain knowledge of policy, research, energy and scientific progress.
The Federal Police (AFP) said, “This is achieved through economic coercion, threats to scholars and their families, and/or through secret contractual arrangements to protect the intellectual property and commercial interests of foreign regimes.”
However, observers said that under the leadership of ASIO's new boss Mike Burgess (who once ran the Australian Signals Authority), the intelligence agency has become more open.The submission shows that the Intelligence Agency has previously been criticized for failing to properly inform the public of the threat.The current situation shows that the intelligence services intend to disclose their concerns.
ASIO also pointed out that successful intelligence operations by foreign regimes can help them steal and develop new technologies, or improve new technologies, shorten the time and cost of copying technologies, and gain commercial advantages. It can also recruit and train talents for future interference and espionage activities. .
Potter说，ASIO和外交部之间将出现紧张关系，根据新的外交关系法案，外交部将有权审查澳大利亚UniversityAgreements with foreign entities and the possibility of canceling existing transactions.
The relevant departments of Australian universities are “very clear” about the situation
"In my impression, the relevant departments of universities are very aware of this competitive environment, and the top priority is to improve their position and oppose interference and compromise."
"Enterprises are often required to transfer intellectual property rights to gain access to a certain country or industry market. The fiercely competitive business world means that a series of different types of institutions may be subject to certain coercion when acquiring their intellectual property rights. "
ASIO stated in its submission that harmful foreign influences cannot be allowed, because this is a serious threat to Australian democracy.
"However, having an effective mechanism to counter foreign interference and espionage does not need to sacrifice the openness and international cooperation of higher education and research departments."
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