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US ban: IEEE reverses restriction on Huawei employees - ITREALMS

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has reversed itself with respect to the recent export controls on Huawei Technologies Ltd and 68 of its affiliated companies by the United States government, reports ITREALMS.

IEEE is a professional association formed in 1963 from the amalgamation of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers with corporate office in New York City and operation center in Piscataway, New Jersey.

This development, ITREALMS reports, follows IEEE issuing of what it called “guidance on actions required to comply with these controls” and led to a number of volunteers resigning and global condemnation of this guidance despite claim as non-political.

Also, the guidance, ITREALMS reports had among others restricted editorial and peer review activities of Huawei employees.

IEEE on Sunday reversed itself according to reports reaching ITREALMS newsroom and confirmed by the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), José M. F. Moura.

In a press statement also made available to ITREALMS, Moura explained the IEEE roles with respect to protecting volunteers and members from potential legal risk that could have involved significant penalties.

“We acted promptly because we wanted to protect our volunteers and members from potential legal risk that could have involved significant penalties. As a non-political, not-for-profit organization registered in New York, IEEE must comply with its legal obligations under the laws of the United States and other jurisdictions. We also engaged the U.S. government to seek clarification on the extent to which these export control restrictions were applicable to IEEE activities.

“I am pleased to report that this engagement was successful and we have revised our guidance to remove any restriction on the participation of the employees of these companies as editors or peer reviewers in the IEEE publication process. To reemphasize, all IEEE members can continue to participate in the open and public activities of the IEEE, including our scientific and technical publications.

“Many members expressed apprehension with respect to IEEE’s initial guidance and its impact on editors and peer reviewers based on their employer affiliation. I understand the concern this raised for many of you and appreciate the feedback that IEEE leaders and I received.

“As an international organization operating in 160 countries, IEEE supports the free and open exchange of scholarly and academic work and the global advancement of science and technology. IEEE is committed to enabling an environment of international cooperation and the sharing of our members’ wealth of knowledge to drive innovation.

“We appreciate the patience of our members and volunteers as we worked through a legally complex situation,” Moura submitted.

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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