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The EAR considers information released at an open conference, meeting, seminar, trade show, or other open gathering to be published, and so excluded from control.

  • You can deliver or present the results of your fundamental research at open conferences, and you can present or deliver other information within the scope of the EAR which is approved for dissemination.

The ITAR considers information released through unlimited distribution at a conference, meeting, seminar, trade show or exhibition, generally accessible to the public, in the United States to be in the public domain, and so excluded from ITAR control.

  • You can deliver or present the results of your fundamental research in the ITAR scope at open conferences in the U.S.
  • Outside the US, you can deliver or present the following information in the ITAR scope:
    1. General systems descriptions, such as top-level drawings, top-level narrative descriptions or summaries of performance requirements, key subsystems, top-level block diagrams, top-level description of operational modes, top-level equipment layout drawings, and top-level predictions of power usage or consumption), since this is not considered ITAR technical data per ITAR §120.10(a)(5).
    2. Public domain information, such as published research results or material previously released in a university course, at conferences or meetings outside the US.

Use Caution:

Follow up discussions could be considered a defense service (assisting a non-US person with a defense article), if the information you provide is not in the public domain.

Items, software, or technical data controlled by ITAR before being received by Cornell cannot be released at open conferences.