IT Trends :: Thursday, July 20, 2006

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Ohio University CIO Resigns in Wake of Data Breaches

After hackers attacked Ohio University's servers in the spring, an external consulting service recommended major IT staff changes. The director of communication network services and the manager of Internet and systems are currently suspended and now Chief Information Officer William Sams will work only until a replacement is hired. In a statement, Sams said, "The IT organization at Ohio University is positioned for a major transition into a 21st century leadership position… However, it has become clear to me that a new energy level and skill set is going to be required in order to allow our IT organization to realize its potential."… (Networld World)

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Librarians Fight for Facebook

The executive director of the American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association thinks the "Deleting Online Predators Act,” a bill that would ban minors from accessing certain social networking sites (like Facebook) on public computers in place like libraries, hinders librarians' ability to teach children responsible Web surfing practices. She said the proposal "flies in the face of logic and hundreds of years of educational theory."… (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Framingham State's Laptop Program Has Matured in Five Short Years

In 2001, Framingham State College became the first public higher education institution in Massachusetts to require freshman to own laptops. This past spring, the first full class of laptop-toting college students graduated. Take a look at the progress Framingham has made throughout this program, from widespread campus hot spots to a deal with Dell to offer students discounted computers... (MetroWestDailyNews.com)

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Privacy Fight Spills Onto Campus

The Federal Communications Commission's proposed wiretapping laws may force colleges to overhaul their networks and a proposed Department of Education national student database may put students' identities at risk. Read about two developments that could both seriously affect college campuses… (The Columbia Daily Tribune)

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