What is considered an open conference?

Under the EAR a "conference or gathering is considered “open” if all technically qualified members of the public are eligible to attend and attendees are permitted to take notes or otherwise make a personal record (but not necessarily a recording) of the proceedings and presentations." In all cases, access to the information must be free or for a fee that does not exceed the cost to produce and distribute the material or hold the conference (including a reasonable profit).

Individuals should be cognizant of whether or not the conference or workshop they are attending, hosting, or presenting at is open.

Open conferences will not ask that attendees complete forms confirming their nationality status or sign non-disclosure agreements.

If you are attending a conference/workshop that is not open, a license may be required to share the information from that conference/workshop with foreign persons (even within the U.S.).

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