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Increased Awareness in the US about privacy concerns with Patriot Act

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Uncategorized |

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/69366.html While it’s a long way from actually changing anything, its still nice to see articles like this indicating that there is a growing awareness amongst US software companies and policy makers that the privacy concerns with the PATRIOT Act by foreign countries may pose a serious business risk to US companies. You know what they say – money...

UK Article on Outsourcing and The Patriot Act

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 in Uncategorized |

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/how-universities-got-it-so-wrong-over-patriot-act-outsourcing/13153 The article, titled “How universities got it so wrong over Patriot Act outsourcing,” is a bit harsh, but claims that many UK post-secondary institutions, facing reduced budgets and increased demands, rushed to use US-owned cloud-based services like Google Apps for Education or Microsoft Live for .edu, and in so doing, failed to consider that these are still subject to search via the US Patriot Act. For better or worse, this does seem to confirm the current consensus here in BC. –...

Canada Lags in Cloud Adoption Due to Security Concerns

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 in Uncategorized |

http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2011/07/canada-lags-in-cloud-adoption.php?utm_source=pulsenews&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+readwriteweb+%28ReadWriteWeb%29 It seems that even beyond the “privacy” concerns that currently keep BC educational institutions making more use of cloud-based services, there are additional factors keeping companies and institutions across the country as a whole from adopting the approach as fast as our counterparts in other countries. It seems there is a sizable market potential for non-US-based companies to start offering such services in a way that respects both privacy and security concerns. –...

Rethinking Education

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Uncategorized |

A video on Google and Wikipedia in education that places in context the ideas discussed on this web site. “The public is existing now – is living and breathing – within a much larger sphere of information and knowledge; and that critical openness to knowledge is something that our work [in education] had better address or we are ill-serving our students.” Rethinking Education The video was produced by Michael Wesch from Kansas State University as a contribution to the EDUCAUSE book, The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing, edited by Richard...

Anonymizing Student Access to Cloud-based Services

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in Uncategorized |

– by Randy Bruce, republished from bccampus.ca blog In early April 2011, BCcampus hosted a Privacy and Cloud-based Educational Technology Conference. A number of recommendations were made, and followup is underway on the principle themes. We’ve given some more thought to one of the three questions pursued during that conference: What are the top three actions the BC public post-­‐secondary system can take to maximize the potential of cloud-­‐based services while protecting students‘ privacy? The resulting paper (PDF, 8 pages) by Tony Patrick focuses on one potential action that could be taken: the creation of a mechanism that would protect privacy yet support student access to desired online services...