IT Trends :: Thursday, May 11, 2006

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2006 EDUCAUSE IT Issues Survey Report

In this year's results, security and identity management has become, for the first time, the pre-eminent issue of concern to CIOs on college campuses, displacing funding. Disaster recovery/business continuity jumped several places to enter the top ten at number 45. Funding IT has occupied the top position for three straight years.

This year marks the seventh annual EDUCAUSE Current Issues Survey to identify what campus information technology leaders see as their most critical IT challenges… (EDUCAUSE Quarterly)

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U.S. Eases Wiretap Order on College Computer Systems

Yippee! Colleges and universities are no longer required to have monitoring switches installed throughout their networks to facilitate federal eavesdropping. Now we can just install some monitoring points, so long as we provide the identity of each user. (Costs less, but maybe just as disturbing.)

This overturns the FCC’s original demands, which were based on a 1994 law that requires telephone companies to design their networks to permit wiretaps, could cost universities billions of dollars while threatening free speech on campuses… (Bloomberg.com)

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Hate Groups Use U.S. Net Servers

Because of the plethora of storage space and broadband, and due to free speech and privacy rights, U.S. servers and networks are said by some to be friendly homes for videos, images, and documents spread by hate groups worldwide.

In its eighth annual report on Internet hate speech, the Wiesenthal Center said it had logged some 6,000 Web sites in the past year used by racists and bigots to incite violence... (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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High Education Tackles the Problem of Wi-Fi Capacity

On campus, we worry about “capacity” while in the corporate offices they are more worried about “coverage.”

In offices where wired ports are still the mainstay, wireless access may need to span boardrooms, guest offices, and executive suites on different floors. But at universities, students congregate at libraries and large lecture halls. Yet what campuses worry most about may soon become the primary problem for businesses, too… (InformationWeek)

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