Tracy Mitrano

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May 17, 2011
Yesterday I met a wonderful group of people at Loyola in Baltimore at the invitation of my friend Luise Finn, CIO. The subject was literacy in the digital age. The talk is too long for a single post here, so I am going to post it as a serial. Here is the introduction. See you soon for more!   “It Takes Only a Generation:”   Information Literacy in the Digital Age      
May 5, 2011
The New York Times reports today that China has created an agency devoted to the Internet. "China Creates New Agency for Patrolling the Internet"
May 3, 2011
On April 7 of this year, the F.C.C. filed a Notice of Inquiry regarding "key challenges and best practices in expanding the reach and reducing the cost of broadband deployment by improving government policies for access to rights of way and wireless facilities siting." Every citizen, school, K-12, municipality, college and university should file a response.
April 26, 2011
I know that both Tina Turner's song and the it/IT thing are hackneyed, but what does technology have to do with the history of American higher education? A lot.
April 18, 2011
No amount of analysis then or now can alter much the march of history.
April 17, 2011
The nascent (and in upstate New York, I do mean nascent) spring weather reminds me of many past seasons. This year, prompted by everything from the NITLE discussions concerning liberal arts education to the proliferation of NACUA posts about one regulation or another, I am put in mind of 1981, the spring I graduated from college, and the conversation I had with the President Sproull of the University of Rochester.
April 10, 2011
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
“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
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

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