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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 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!
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.

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