Tracy Mitrano

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February 20, 2011
Law is the floor, policy is the citizen threshold of our community. Thrilled to find these concepts of floor and citizenship at the etymological core of law and policy respectively, I have held onto it to inform my labors ever since. Institutionally, counsel sets the floor by saying, in the famous words of our first chief justice, "what the law is." Policy is that rule, or set of rules, which functions as the "law" of the institution. It cannot go below the level of the law, obviously, but it can rise above it.
February 15, 2011
The term policy covers a vast number and type of concepts. For the purposes of a discussion about institutional policy, allow me to identify three types: Big “P” or national policy; Little “P” or institutional policy; and operational “policy,” a term of particular relevance to technologists, although it could also be used to in the context of “procedures” within any type of policy.
February 13, 2011
Wait until you hear what advertisers support the collegeACB site. Below is the better part of an email I received from the father of one of the students at Cornell who has taken action by going after the advertisers. I suspect you will be as shocked as I was to read his message, below in italics. My wife and I decided to look at the College ACB website to see who the advertisers are. It was surprising to see the following sponsors: -United Way -American Heart Association -Big Brothers Big Sisters
February 11, 2011
The EDUCAUSE CIO list service recently featured a question that asked, “What is a good policy?” Excellent responses ensued; I offer my version not as a CIO but as the lieutenant of one, and as more of a story informed by experience than a handbook on policy. The story is so long -- going on ten years now, that I, like Dickens, will tell it as a serial. Here is my first installment: Framework. Framework
February 3, 2011
Shameless hucksterism here: Tonight, Dan Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law George Washington University Law School, on The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet! Go to www.ucpl.cornell.edu for a link to live streamed video, 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Can't make it? The talk will be archived within 24 hours :-) I will try to take questions from remote audience. Email me at tbm3@cornell.edu Tracy
February 2, 2011
Most readers know what collegeACB is: a gossip or rumor site that targets college campuses. I have written about it before. I am writing about it again because I have my suspicions that site owners and/or their personnel seed the site. What else would account for such obviously inflammatory and sickening statements made against minorities the first day of the semester?
February 1, 2011
The CHE has a story today with the lead headline: iPhone App Raises Questions About Who Owns Student Inventions I await complete comment until the opportunity to review the rules of the new policy established in light of the events that spawned the issue. But I have some general thoughts already. Students in a programing class wrote a break-out iPhone app downloaded over a quarter of a million times and suddenly the university wants a piece of the action.
January 26, 2011
Could those who find fault with the general positions that President Obama posited last night please share them on this discussion board? Not immune from captiousness, I nonetheless couldn't find a thing to disagree with in this speech! I was particularly heartened by his positions on education, higher education in particular, and his call to reorganize federal agencies, especially given his underlying themes of innovation and global competitiveness.
January 20, 2011
Okay, I was over the top in some sections of my previous blog.
January 14, 2011
I promised last week that this week I would write a blog on privacy. The academic blog I intended to write I will still write. The polemical blog I offer this week is prompted by a connection between a comment to my last blog and the events of Tucson.

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