Australia seeks to protect sensitive technology from foreign interference, Australia / New Zealand News and Top Stories

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia will announce on Wednesday (November 17) measures to protect dozens of sensitive technologies from foreign interference, stepping up efforts to guard against “national security risks” from China and China. other countries.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will unveil a list of critical technologies at an online forum in Sydney – a step towards limiting what government, industry and universities can and cannot share with their overseas counterparts.

The list of 63 critical technologies will include quantum technologies, which are based on the physics of subatomic particles, as well as artificial intelligence, drones and vaccines.

The measures aim to “balance the economic opportunities of critical technologies with their risks to national security,” Morrison said at a forum hosted by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, according to a speech seen by Agence France- Hurry.

Australia is increasingly concerned about the transfer of sensitive technology to foreign military powers, particularly to China, under the guise of academic cooperation.

Canberra has also decided to limit the ability of Chinese state-linked companies to operate critical infrastructure in Australia.

The move to effectively ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from running Australia’s 5G network was the catalyst for a major diplomatic split between the two countries, which froze high-level diplomatic ties and a series of sanctions some called it a “shadow trade war”. .

Australia is currently in the process of auctioning the 5G spectrum licenses.

Morrison will also list nine critical technologies on Wednesday for investment, hoping the expertise will help “maintain our liberal democratic traditions” in what he describes as an era of strategic competition.

“The simple fact is that technologically advanced nations have greater economic, political and military power,” he will say.

“And, in turn, a greater ability to influence the norms and values ​​that will shape technological development in the years to come.”