Law, Policy -- and IT?

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

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

November 11, 2011 - 10:31am
Call a lawyer today!  That is more or less why I have come to D.C. for the NACUA conference on compliance for the last couple of days. I wanted to hone in on what, precisely, the legal language would be in a vendor contract to address the need that higher education has to protect its institutional information and take advantage of selective cloud providers of transmission and storage services.
October 31, 2011 - 3:00am
I have a bold proposal: to make standard in all vendor contracts regarding the transmission and storage of institutional information that the vendor will comply with applicable privacy and technical security regulations in existing federal privacy laws.
October 23, 2011 - 10:32am
In the New York Times article, "Why Does Facebook Want Our Kids," the on-going micro debate about the Child Online Privacy Protect Act illuminates the macro market influence that Facebook has on social norms of youth culture. May the law always be such a guide!
October 7, 2011 - 9:00am
We all knew he was ill, but his passing still comes as a shock to many people. We have come a long way since our first introduction to an Apple computer. Reading about his magnificent public biography can't help but make us think about our own personal journeys. That those journeys have computers, network systems and applications woven into them says a lot about our age.
October 2, 2011 - 8:00pm
I have two comments to make about today's New York Times article regarding the United States Post Office's (USPO) challenge to remain relevant. According to the article, USPO's deficient is large and growing. The alleged problem is "the Internet," with a focus on email verses "stamped" mail. My first comment is academic, the second is administrative.
September 29, 2011 - 7:45am
In today's IHE article on the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Aid Committee's survey of higher education regarding regulation, the conclusion suggests that higher education may perceive the burden of regulation to be greater than it actually is. Maybe so, I am not an expert on the whole thing. But I do know something about the last decade's file sharing debacle. My experience based on that example makes me skeptical. The Higher Education Opportunity Act's peer to peer file sharing provisions are discriminatory toward higher education.
September 27, 2011 - 8:16am
In The New York Times today, there is an article about Paulo Coelho, author of among other works, the best-selling novel, The Alchemist.
September 19, 2011 - 12:45pm
Last week I gave an invited talk on copyright at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Before I left Ithaca on Wednesday, news of the suit by the Author’s Guild against Hathiway Trust and a number of universities, including Cornell, made higher education journals. I read with interest, of course, and included mention of this suit in the talk that I gave on Thursday. This morning, in my father’s ancestral home of Gaeta, I read about the developments regarding Orphan Works. Now is the time for higher education to lead copyright reform.
September 14, 2011 - 7:30am
[This blog entry is the last of the three devoted to reflections on the Patriot Act, ten years later, an excerpt of a longer article about the Internet, entitled:"What Manner of Salutation Be This? Social Dimensions of the Internet," which I am writing for a book on Cyber-Crime edited by Sam McQuade at the Rochester Institute of Technology.]  
September 13, 2011 - 8:45am
  [This blog post is the second in a third on the Patriot Act article extract.]

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