Speaker: Mario Daniels (Georgetown University)
In 1982, the FBI caught Hitachi spying on IBM’s technological secrets. This highly publicized scandal deeply resonated with rampant fears in the U.S. government about the dangers of “illegal technology transfer.” Indeed, since the Soviet Union also had embarked on a large-scale espionage campaign, the Hitachi case contributed to a growing sense that the United States was not only in decline but under siege. Losing knowledge seemed to mean nothing less than to inflict damage to both national security and economic competitiveness. But the U.S. government struck back, turning knowledge into a weapon to defend its global power.
This lecture is part of the GHI Spring Lecture Series 2018 “Illicit Knowledge: Copyright, Piracy, and Intellectual Property in Historical Perspective” organized by Sarah Beringer and Atiba Pertilla. All lectures take place on Thursdays and begin at 6:30 pm (refreshments will be served from 6:00 to 6:30 pm). They will be held at the German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington D.C.
German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20009