IT Trends :: Thursday, May 25, 2006

Correction: My column last week relied on a Christian Science Monitor article that inaccurately described the University of Michigan Law School's classroom Internet access. The law school has not "banned" the Internet from classrooms, it has just put technology in place that permits individual faculty to prevent or allow its use as they see fit. We'll be reporting about some more advanced work to use the Internet in law school classrooms from Michigan Law in the near future.


Dark Web or Net Neutrality. Do Something About It?

By Terry Calhoun

I was going to write this week about seeming parallels between the spread of monocultures of food plants by big agriculture and what’s happened in the past ten years with Learning Management Systems (LMS), but a couple of timely news items captured my attention. Instead I am going to urge you to do something to help preserve Net Neutrality and fend off the Dark Web.

If you don’t want to read any further, then the gist of my opinion this week is that right now is a fairly critical time for higher education institutions with regard to the next ten years of the Internet. It would be very helpful if you view this and the accompanying information about how to communicate with your federal legislators. Take a moment to do so. That way, you can be doing something about an important issue.

If you want to learn a little more about the debate, along the same lines that I have been learning, then read on!...

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IT News

NU Advises Players to Exercise Vigilance in Internet Postings

Northwestern's women's soccer team's hazing rituals were recently exposed...

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Trial Run with Net Teaching Has Some Faculty Nervous

California State University, Stanislaus, is launching eCollege for the summer semester...

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It's All About Me: Why E-mails Are So Easily Misunderstood

Two professors are researching the most common problems in virtual communication...

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IUSA Plans Downloading Services

The reigning student government party at Indiana University promised students a legal media downloading service...

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Deals, Contracts, Awards

Unisys and University Collaborate on IT Project

The University of California Irvine's Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences is teaming up with Unisys Corp. to develop...

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Universities Band to Push for More Diverse IT Field

With as many as 1.5 million new IT jobs opening in the next six years, the field could become more available for women and minorities…

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New Technology

Big Brother on Campus: Cell Phone-GPS Combo to Track Students' Whereabouts

Rave Wireless' new Guardian system allows students to activate a signal on their cell phones when they feel unsafe...

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Universities Focus on New Technology as Landlines Disappear

As personal technology needs change, some schools are scrambling to provide their students with affordable, yet trendy options...

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High-Tech Cure for the Munchies, 24/7

College cafeterias can only make money when they're open (and few are open around the clock)...

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Open Source Automates College Net Security

To keep their network secure, a pair of IT employees at Middlebury College used PHP to develop a new program called Privateye...

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