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Institute for Computer Policy and Law: One Year Later
July 18, 2011 - 7:45am

One year has passed since I began this blog. I know that without looking at a calendar because this week is the Institute for Computer Policy and Law. I started the blog with the conference in 2010. In commemoration of this anniversary, I express my heartfelt gratitude to Doug and Scott at IHE for this opportunity. Writing this blog has often been the most rewarding experience in my work life over this past year.

Steve Worona, erstwhile of Cornell and for the last ten years at EDUCAUSE, and Margie Hodges Shaw, my predecessor at Cornell, established the Institute of Computer Policy and Law sixteen years ago. It was the first of its kind in many respects, certainly to institutionalize a sustained discussion about legal and policy issues in information technologies in higher education but also as a lead in for studies about the Internet from security to user culture generally. If imitation is the highest form of flattery then they have been much flattered.

The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a brilliant source of insight, meaningful study and a meeting ground for many scholars founded by Charlie Nesson of the Harvard Law School, followed in the wake of ICPL.

So, too, did Cornell's Policy Development Program:

And EDUCAUSE's Security Professionals Conference:

This year portends to stand out because the incomparable Steve Worona is retiring from EDUCAUSE. On more than one occasion I have heard him say to well-wishers, "See you around the Net!" Truer words have never been spoken because at Cornell he was the Evangelist for the Internet (long before Vint Cerf went to Google with the same title). Steve Worona is an original. His contributions are peerless. And we would contemplate serious sadness about his retirement if we did not believe that it is just a transition for which we await the next phase in wonder.

If you would like to join us for some of the activities, here is a list of times available for live streaming set for the Eastern Time Zone:


1:30 p.m. Student technology policies at large campuses and small
Kathy Humphrey (University of Pittsburgh), Ann Manning (Wellesley College), and Susan Murphy (Cornell University)
3:30-5:00 p.m. A cross-generational dialog on campus technology policy
Cynthia Golden (University of Pittsburgh), John King (University of Michigan), Matthew King (Eastern Michigan University–Ypsilanti), Tracy Mitrano (Cornell University), Nikko Schaff (Student, Rochester Institute of Technology), Hannah Somers (University of Wisconsin at Madison)
8:30 a.m. Real-world stories from the e-counseling couch
Ed Cabellon (Bridgewater State University), Jerry Feist (Psychotherapist), and Steve Worona (EDUCAUSE)

To join, please go to this site and look for the link on the left for Live Streaming.

This last event is particularly meaningful for those who remember or know Uncle Ezra; if you do not, join us for some history as well as new ideas.

A celebration is about to begin!


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