This is the fifth in the series of 13 episodes. This episode is an examination of the philosophical, legal, historical, and practical contexts of technology for nationalistic purposes. This program looks at the impact of government control on the spreading of knowledge, the implications for academic freedom, privacy, trade secrets, and export controls. Sponsored by the Pacifica Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, with funding from the Deer Creek Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri; and the California Council for the Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Bicentennial Edition researched, edited, and produced by Adi Gevins, 1987; engineered by David Rapkin; announcer Kathy McAnally; original program produced by John Rieger, 1983.
Folio notes: One of the far reaching areas of public debate concerning the First Amendment is the subject of technological transfer. Scientists and academics insist that freedom to trade and share knowledge is essential to the development and maintenance of American technological prowess, but some defense specialists fear that the free-flowing information may fall into the wrong hands and be used to aid and arm our adversaries. Since this program originally aired, new attempts have been made to restrict foreign students and faculty's use of campus “super computers,” and new classifications of “sensitive but not classificied” and government attempts to control data banks have all come under fire. This program examines the philosophical, legal, historical and practical contexts of this significant debate. Participants & consultants include Mary Cheh, Professor of Law, George Washington University; Allan Adler, Center for National Security Studies, ACLU; Stephen Gould, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Edward Teller, “Father of the H Bomb”; Richard Wollensak, Society of Photo-optical Instumentation Engineers.