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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).

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
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
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.eduTracy
February 2, 2011 - 8:45am
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 - 8:15am
The CHE has a story today with the lead headline: iPhone App Raises Questions About Who Owns Student InventionsI 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 - 8:30am
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 - 9:00am
Okay, I was over the top in some sections of my previous blog.


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