Problem

Suppression of information by security classification

Other Names:
Suppression of innovation by purchase of patents
Government refusal to declassify innovative patents
Incidence:
Example: the UK inventor of a new form of space vehicle (the Hotol) considerably cheaper than a shuttle, patented the concept which was then classified by the government as being of military importance. When the military ceased funding its development and private industry was scheduled to take over, the government refused to declassify the patents to enable the work to continue, despite the considerable funds already invested by government in the project.
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET