Thursday, November 22, 2012

A *Math* Petition?! Yep.

Did you know that the U.S. Federal Government has a website called We the People, where you can post petitions?

This may be the first math-related petition I've ever 'signed'. 

Implement a Policy for Declassifying Discoveries by NSA Mathematicians

The NSA is the largest employer of mathematicians in the United States. Currently, the discoveries of those mathematicians in their official areas of research, being deemed potentially critical to national security, are indiscriminately classified for an indefinite period, with limited circumstances for declassification.
It is requested the White House press the NSA for an expiration policy for the classification status of non-applied discoveries and instituting an expiration for gag order patents in the interest of furthering American academia and industry advancement and in the interest of crediting the discoveries of our nation's talented NSA employees.

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