IT Trends :: Thursday, April 20, 2006

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New Look for Libraries

The University of Utah, Utah State University, and Utah Valley State College are examples of how digital library centers with wireless Internet access and technological learning tools are replacing…well, books. "It's our purpose to make sure knowledge lives for a long time, whether it's digital, paper, or papyrus," said the director of the University of Utah's Marriott Library…(Deseret News)

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High-Profile Computer Breaches Draw Attention to Security

After a major security breach, Iowa State is encouraging a community-wide sense of responsibility for protecting university and student-owned computers. In December, a hacker unintentionally exposed private information about thousands of university employees while trying to find storage for illegal downloads. The incident is still drawing national attention to the importance of preventing such incidents…(Des Moine Business Record)

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The Technology Rush

Florida colleges and universities have become just as dependent upon IT as others. Students expect a competitive technology edge they can later transfer into the workplace. The state is considering the implementation a $210/year technology fee for students at its schools. This is a unique article in that it quotes liberally from CIOs and students alike...(Tallahassee Democrat)

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Terrorists Seen Turning to Campuses for Skills

Have universities replaced terrorist training camps? Students at the University of Montpellier have been arrested due to alleged ties with militants in Fallouja. A senior French anti-terrorism official said the suspects seemed like regular students, but "oriented their scientific studies to learn terrorist techniques." Some fear this discovery indicates the possibility of similar situations at other schools…(Los Angeles Times)

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