January 11, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, urged the Trump administration to narrow its approach to how it defines “emerging” technology in its rulemaking regarding the Review of Controls for Certain Emerging Technologies. In comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the international tech association recommended that the United States conducts a balanced and thorough review of technologies it identifies for export control to ensure it remains competitive in developing advancements like artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing.

“We believe the United States can meet its critical national security objectives without diminishing its leadership on the development of new, cutting-edge technologies,” said Josh Kallmer, executive vice president of policy. “As the Commerce Department works through its important review of export controls, we urge policymakers to carefully define ‘emerging’ technologies so that the United States can continue to advance future breakthroughs that can transform the lives of Americans and people around the world. The tech industry looks forward to working with the administration and contributing our expertise to inform this process.”

In its comments on how the U.S. government should move forward with its approach to export control rules, ITI recommendations include the following:

  • The export control regime should be used to advance and protect U.S. national security interests without risking American competitiveness in emerging technologies.
  • The scope of new emerging controls, by statute, should be limited to those that are “essential” to the national security of the United States.
  • Export controls should be placed on the use of technologies (not the technologies themselves, as many of the technological categories have been in production in the market).

Read the full comments here.

In November, ITI joined a coalition of other tech and business associations to ask the administration to extend the comment period for the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding the review of controls for emerging technologies set forth in the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA).

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