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ITAR: Still Hopeless

An article today at Wired’s Danger Room highlights the story of a University of Tennessee professor accused of violating International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR, regulations by exposing a foreign national to unclassified technology.

The author of that story postulates that the fundamental problem is the confusing language in which the ITAR regulations are written. Personally, I think the problem is a lot more fundamental: ITAR applies to huge swathes of technology that have, despite the name, nothing to do with weapons. Plasma-actuated servos are all find and dandy (and nifty!), but there should be better ways of protecting them, under the law, than treating them as “arms”.
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