Law, Policy -- and IT?

Law, Policy -- and IT?

Tracy Mitrano explores the intersection where higher education, the Internet and the world meet (and sometimes collide).

September 12, 2012 - 11:43am
The Institute for Computer Policy and Law is in its seventeenth year. Like all good girl scouts, it has made "new friends, and keeps the old, one is silver and the other gold!" This year we shared organization with my colleagues Oya Rieger and Kornelia Tancheva of the Cornell University Library to bring our legal and policy acumen to pressing academic questions such as scholarly publishing, copyright, Internet privacy, academic integrity and teaching and learning, to name just a few highlights.
August 22, 2012 - 7:34pm
A week or so ago, I decided to write about academic integrity because of the plagiarism reports about MOOCs.  For anyone following the posts, the first was a recounting of my first experience with plagiarism as a teaching assistant 30 years ago.  Yesterday's was a broad stroke report about how technology disrupted the traditional balance between the policy and practice.
August 21, 2012 - 10:12am
That the Internet is a game changer is well-known phenomenon. In fact, the word most usually associated with this phenomenon is "disruptive," and it is a good one because more times than not it is truly a neutral, descriptive term. Depending on what side of the fence you are on at the time of the disruption, you might think it either a good or bad thing.  Think content industry: bad. Think people without money who want access to content: good. Of course, life, law and technology are infinitely more complicated than those Manichaeism terms, but you get the idea. Let's see how it applies to academic integrity.
August 21, 2012 - 10:11am
That the Internet is a game changer is well-known phenomenon. In fact, the word most usually associated with this phenomenon is "disruptive," and it is a good one because more times than not it is truly a neutral, descriptive term. Depending on what side of the fence you are on at the time of the disruption, you might think it either a good or bad thing.  Think content industry: bad. Think people without money who want access to content: good. Of course, life, law and technology are infinitely more complicated than those Manichaeism terms, but you get the idea. Let's see how it applies to academic integrity.
August 16, 2012 - 11:44am
I encountered my first case of academic integrity as a third year graduate student teaching assistant. Although concentrating on U.S. history, I assisted Professor Thomas Africa, a beloved and noted historian of Ancient Rome, at Binghamton University. The year was 1983, fall semester. As I read through a paper on what exactly now I do not recall, I vividly remember the sense that came over me when I hit a paragraph in the middle of the term paper that instinctively struck me as odd.  At the time, I was not even aware of what the problem was. I was not looking for plagiarism.
August 6, 2012 - 1:02pm
Many issues of note are in this story worth teasing out. 1. Do students know and understand behaviors that have the potential to compromise network security which therefore might run them afoul of IT policy?
August 1, 2012 - 1:18pm
Inside Higher Ed's article on Failing Law Schools suggests a book that sums up many current discontents regarding legal education in the United States.  =Curiously, the main criticism against the education would appear to be the price; little is said here, or elsewhere, about the substance: examination, criticism and argumentation that a good legal education imparts to its students.
July 22, 2012 - 9:20am
With emotion, I think that removing the statue of Joe Paterno was the right thing to do. Why with emotion? Because in so many enduring ways, Joe Paterno remains a model of fortitude and spirited excellence. Because, I admit, I look up to Italian-American achievement with pride. Because tragedy -- which is what this story is in the truest sense -- is dramatic.
July 17, 2012 - 12:18pm
MOOCs are all the rage, and there is nothing wrong with that, although don't count on it lasting in its current stage forever.  This effort is still in early "take off" mode, and an exciting one at that. Time, then, to talk law and policy.  The NYT reports that the leader of the pack, Coursera, has a business model whereby no costs are inputted unless there is gain.  "Gain by or for whom?" was my first thought.
July 16, 2012 - 8:14am
A NYT article, More Demands on Cell Carriers in Surveillance, resounds with the theme that technology has disrupted the Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in communications.  It is also a testament of what the USA-Patriot Act has wrought not because that Act created the gap but because it exacerbated it.  More than a decade later, that which has been lost in the bargain becomes more obvious.

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