Hmm, hadn't thought about the aims of project in those terms. Since found some published material indicating some previous acoustics research was related to developing underwater robots for oceanographic purposes, but yes, suppose military and mining use of these robots is also likely.
We know that science sometimes speaks with forked tongue. The same areas of research can be used either for humanitarian purposes or for espionage, warmongering and racketeering. The rockets designed to flatten London were the forerunners of rockets enabling man to travel to the moon and have orbiting space stations. Yet NASA research and development is also used to deploy espionage satellites and help develop orbiting laser weapons.
There were quite a few large national teams including SETI.USA that joined the project before the global import of teams. They are not concerned at the potential for military use of the research?
When choosing whether or not to support KIVA projects in some Middle Eastern countries, it was suggested that sometimes loans to these areas get diverted to fund terrorism. However I decided to support needy causes in all countries regardless of their politics or religion and trust that KIVA had responsibly researched their Field Partners.
I try to take the same attitude with BOINC projects and don't discriminate on the basis of nationality, ethnicity or religion.
Have been contributing to Gerasim@home and have read their forum. Some of their scientists and Russian crunchers are extremely disappointed with the US for recently cutting science grants to Russian research. No, not Trump, but Obama. They view the politicising of science funding/support as unfair. It's also unwholesome because once done to particular countries, then can also be done in the home country. For example, it can end up with funding for any climate related research being reduced or withdrawn to support the vested interests of those who profit from coal. We have already seen this happen in Australia with CSIRO funding.
Some Russian contributors to Gerasim are keenly patriotic and hold strong beliefs. Their mistrust and even dislike of the "west" (mainly the USA) is obviously deeply ingrained. Not my area of knowledge, but perhaps it may not be undeserved, historically speaking. Thought by contributing a little to some of the few Russian projects it would help demonstrate that we were not all Russia haters but shared an interest in scientific research that transcended political beliefs. Similarly feel that harshly judging all Americans by their election of Donald Trump and the actions of his Government would be most unfair.
I do understand those who have been damaged by war having strong beliefs. My uncle refused to buy a Japanese car for over 40 years after witnessing wartime atrocities. A Jewish friend's father had a glass domed Anniversary clock on his mantelpiece which he never wound again after he discovered it was made in Germany. Yep, although he never showed them, he had the tatts on his arm, the poor soul.
Control of the South China Sea is certainly a hot potato issue at the moment, Australian Governments prefer to tread lightly with China due to our economic reliance on Chinese trade and Chinese investors propping up Australian housing "bubble". Due to doubts raised about potential use of this research will refrain from joining Acoustics@home for now, although I'll continue to contribute to Russian projects Gerasim and Amicable Numbers now and again.
Have not joined Acoustics so cannot post any question about your missing email Dingo, perhaps with Google translate or Chrome you could register and post your question on the BOINC.RU forum where there is an Acoustics@home section. Some recent posts there deal with the administrator's difficulty with properly configuring the mail system for password recovery so it appears he is already aware of the problem.http://forum.boinc.ru/default.aspx?g=posts&m=87191#post87191https://translate.google.com.au/translate?sl=ru&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fforum.boinc.ru%2Fdefault.aspx%3Fg%3Dposts%26m%3D87191%23post87191&edit-text=&act=url