Open for Public Comment: Emerging Technologies & Export Controls

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Overview: On November 19th, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment on criteria for identifying emerging technologies that are essential to U.S. national security.

Details: The Export Control Reform Act of 2018 authorized BIS to establish appropriate controls on emerging and foundation technologies. Emerging technology categories defined by BIS include: biotechnology, artificial intelligence & machine learning technology, position, navigation and timing (PNT) technology, microprocessor technology, data analytics technology, quantum information and sensing technology, logistics technology, additive manufacturing, advanced materials and advanced surveillance technology.

BIS welcomes comments on how to define emerging technology to assist identification of such technology in the future, criteria to determine whether specific technologies within these general categories that are important to U.S. national security, the status of development of these technologies in the United States and other countries, and the impact specific emerging technology controls would have on U.S. technological leadership among other topics listed in the Federal Register Notice..

More info: Comments must be received by BIS no later than December 19, 2018 and may be submitted online at on BIS2018-0024 or by mail. Further details available in the Federal Register Notice.