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Law, Policy -- and IT?

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

January 18, 2012 - 10:18pm
The culture, law and politics of copyright are starting to get interesting. The Obama signal not to support SOPA over the weekend, the Web Blackout of sites in protest of that proposed legislation yesterday at the same that the Supreme Court decided to uphold Congressional action in support of copyright protection demonstrate in the political realm the kind of instability that culture has experienced over copyright for almost a generation.
January 11, 2012 - 1:55pm
Just when I thought I had one concept identified as the last of my three Internet issues for 2012, more popped in, so I will find a way to thread through an idea or three:
January 8, 2012 - 8:43pm
I promised I would provide two more big Internet issues. The second issue is the "ownership" of personal accounts on social networking platforms of individuals who are also employees.
January 3, 2012 - 12:56pm
The New Year, like the calendar, is an arbitrary measure but it works nonetheless as a time for both reflection and forward thinking. As of this year, three issues have caught my attention.  This week I will report on all three, one at a time.  In comments, can you guess the other two on my mind?  Or how about yours?
December 24, 2011 - 1:22pm
Okay, it is not really the Feeney Graduate School, although, with his permission, Mr. Feeney should allow Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to honor him in that way. 
December 7, 2011 - 12:48pm
Carol Twigg raises doubts about the ultimate viability of the Khan Academy.  Khan raises the question of completion rates verses quality of education.  These questions are red herrings. The Khan Academy is trying something in an era when education is challenged by stagnation, technology, global competition and gross domestic inequalities. I thought of two people when I read the article in IHE about it today.  The first is Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  The second is my Aunt Toni.
November 20, 2011 - 6:02pm
NYT headlines today reflect a mature understanding of the Internet. In the "Technology" section there are no articles on "technology" per se, for example semi-conductors, fiber optic cables or wireless access points. (The Times does cover these matters in its "Science" section anyway.) Rather, there are economic, legal, and social articles about technology.
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!


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