What do Amazon, Google, Facebook, I.S.P.s and most Internet corporations have in common? They are all private, for-profit corporations. What does the Constitution promise or protect? Government action. And since the twentieth century, via the legal doctrine of incorporation, all government action, including state and local, not just federal government action as was the original intent and meaning of the founders.
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December 13, 2010
December 6, 2010
Last week Cornell University's Office of the Dean of Students and Cornell Information Technologies hosted a forum to discuss technology and student life. Below is a slightly edited version of my contribution. At the end of the last forum, as we sat around with each other at the tables, one of the students looked over at me and said, "I finally figured out who you are, you are the DMCA lady!"
November 29, 2010
In today's edition of Inside Higher Education, Steve Kolowich writes about recent legislative and student efforts to address cyberbullying. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/11/29/cyberbullying
November 22, 2010
Nice try, Mr. Grande, the plaintiff's lawyer, but I don't suspect there will be any cigars. Many articles on the issue have pointed out the same opinion. This post is a minor amplification why.
November 12, 2010
The National Labor Relations Board decision to make termination for cause illegal in the case of an employee’s post on Facebook that criticizes his or her employer constitutes new wine in old bottles. (I know, whine … J)
November 7, 2010
I was sitting in a session on InCommon at Internet 2 this week when I noticed my spouse’s name pop up in my inbox with the subject line "Trouble." Oh no, I thought, what could be wrong? Her mother has been ailing lately, and so my concern went immediately to her as I clinked on the message. Here is what it said in full: Hi
November 4, 2010
Remember CALEA? In 2005 higher education government affairs and information technology specialists held forth against the potential for configuration requirements under a revision of this legislation and ultimately prevailed in federal court in the case in a case brought by the American Council on Higher Education.
October 25, 2010
The Information Cage TECHNOLOGY | October 23, 2010 Marketers Can Glean Private Data on Facebook This issue of targeted advertising is bigger than I originally thought. Back in the day, if I were on the Internet in Ithaca, advertisers showed ads for businesses in that area. When I went to Rochester to see family, POOF! The ads magically changed to Rochester businesses and addresses. And so on.
October 1, 2010
How is the young man who was in the room with Mr. Clementi doing? Thankfully, for him, we don't know his name, nor am I curious. Only concerned. If Mr. Clementi felt profoundly rattled by events, one can only imagine how he feels. The media, having gotten ahold of this story, has expanded the scope and amplification of the private act between him and Mr. Clementi many orders of magnitude beyond the original publication on the Internet.
September 20, 2010
Not-for-profit higher education faces numerous and serious challenges in contemporary global society: international competition in its “marketplace;” reduced government support for expanded access; quality education for both younger and older generations of learners; the growth of for-profit companies, institutes and programs encroaching on its traditional sphere; and, most important, low morale and a corresponding lack of commitment to its particular missions: to teach, research and to improve society through education, its processes as well as its creative works and discoveries.