IT Trends :: Thursday, December 7, 2006

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If There Could Be a Case, Don’t Delete That E-mail

One more thing for CIOs and IT managers to worry about came out of the federal government last week. Now it seems that we have to be very careful about how we store and how we do not delete files that might become part of future litigation. Under an amendment to the federal rules of civil procedure, business executives, and corporate lawyers who are expecting to be sued will now have to preserve electronic data with the same care and diligence they would use in preserving documents…

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America’s Most Digital Cities? Think Sun Belt

Now, this is not where there are the most online citizens, it’s where city government provides the “ability to pay utility bills, park fees, and traffic citations online; the online availability of meeting minutes from city governing bodies; and the adoption or pursuit of wireless infrastructure in public spaces.” One of the biggest surprises was that the northeastern United States, home to major cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, was left off this list almost entirely…

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SFLC Wants Re-examination of Blackboard Patent

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has asked the U.S. Patent Office to re-examine the Blackboard patent. Blackboard says that the filing is a “marketing tactic” and that a re-examination of the patent might well lead to a strengthening of Blackboard’s claims. According to Blackboard, “It’s important to the education community that commercial providers and universities have the ability to invent and invest and publish their inventions without fear that people will just step in and claim them as their own and piggyback...on their investments.”...

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A New Role for Information Technology after the Spellings Commission

Maybe you’ve heard of the Secretary of Education’s commission, which has been stirring up senior administrators for more than a year now? Secretary Spellings charged the Commission, chaired by former Texas Regents Board Chairman Charles Miller, to “think boldly” about the future of higher education in the United States. This article explores some of the potential implications of this for IT managers and developers…

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