The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a think-tank that claims to be independent and non-partisan but which receives the bulk of its funds from defence firms, has accepted money from the US State Department's Global Engagement Centre to carry out a study on Australian universities that have collaborated on research with institutions in China, leading to questions about the integrity of the study.
The Australian Computer Society has not done its reputation much good by sponsoring the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, which claims to be an independent think-tank but in reality is a lobby group for big defence and tech firms, to write a report on "Hacking democracies".
The Australian arm of Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has gone on the offensive against the lobby group, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, writing to three companies who are sponsors of ASPI and also have relationships with Huawei, accusing the group of biased comments.
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