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Another Ripple From the Huawei Ban: Scientific Peer Review


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The Trump administration's decision to blacklist Chinese telecom giant Huawei is still rippling through the technology industry. Now the restrictions are spilling over into academia.

This week the Chinese technology news publication Pandaily published an email sent by IEEE to the editors of its publications, instructing them to stop using Huawei employees as peer reviewers for articles they're considering for publication. In other words, Huawei employees will no longer play a role in evaluating research before publication.

"IEEE complies with U.S. government regulations, which restrict the ability of the listed Huawei companies and their employees to participate in certain activities that are not generally open to the public," IEEE confirmed in a statement. "This includes certain aspects of the publication peer review and editorial process."

Huawei employees will still be allowed to access IEEE publications, attend IEEE events, and participate in the organization, including its governance.

The move underscores the breadth of the Trump administration's restrictions on Huawei. The technology industry used to be borderless. That's changing.

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