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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).

April 10, 2011 - 12:15pm
Rather than a long, blog post on a single topic, this morning I offer some bits and pieces.First, about the NITLE Conference held last week in Arlington and reported on in IHE on Friday, a couple of impressions. NITLE's emphasis is shifting from technology to the meaning -- and future -- of a liberal arts education in the United States.
April 4, 2011 - 1:15pm
“Scholars and scientists pursue knowledge by way of open intellectual exchange. Without a zone of privacy within which to conduct and protect their work, scholars would not be able to produce new knowledge or make life-enhancing discoveries. Lively, even heated and acrimonious debates over policy, campus and otherwise, as well as more narrowly defined disciplinary matters are essential elements of an intellectual environment and such debates are the very definition of the Wisconsin Idea.”
April 3, 2011 - 9:15pm
The combination of a historian at the center of a Freedom of Information Act request stemming from political contretemps and a former Cornelian in the limelight of the struggle over academic freedom lacing through an information technologies issue is an irresistible topic for this blog: Law, Policy and IT? Below I have set out the foundations of this discussion. In the next blog I will apply these foundations to the Cronon case specifically. Law
March 20, 2011 - 5:45pm
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has now asked the Department of Justice to investigate two more institutions, New York and Northwestern Universities, for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities and the Rehabilitation Act. Last time around, when the NFB went after a few other institutions, including Reed College, it was for a pilot project on the Kindle. This time it is for implementing Google Apps, which, I am told, is also inaccessible to the blind as were the navigation tools on the Kindle DX.
March 15, 2011 - 5:36pm
Last week I attended the University of Central Florida’s Information Fluency Conference. How smart to host a conference on this dynamic topic! How important to develop programs devoted to this area! How appropriate that interested parties from around the country (and one might imagine, soon from around the world) get together to share ideas, techniques and camaraderie!
March 4, 2011 - 9:30am
If Cornell was not the first, it was among the first to have a "policy on policies." The name never goes by a group of newcomers to the area without nervous laughter. Among those imbued in it, it can be an eye-roller. What is it about this concept that creates a strong reaction, and how best can an institution structure it to meet the Goldilocks test of a "just right" happy medium?
February 20, 2011 - 2:30pm
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 - 9:13am
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 - 9:01pm
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 - 10:15am
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

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