December 12, 2011
Campuses across the country are taking different measures to prevent students from infringing on copyrights when downloading movies, music and videos. The University of Alaska has taken a rather unique tactic… According to an Associated Press report, the university will slow Internet connections in campus dorms from 10 megabits per second to 2 megabits per second.
A university IT official said that complaints from the recording and entertainment industry triggered the decision. There were 878 complaints last year, the official said, and more than 95 percent of those involved illegal downloads taking place in on-campus housing. A student-education campaign didn’t control the problem, he said.
Rich Whitney, in charge of computers and telecommunications services at UAA, told The Associated Press, “We don’t want to be the Internet police. This is just a practical amount of steps to be taken to try and get under control these complaints.”
It is important to note that while the vast majority of UAA students are going to school and using their Internet connections appropriately and legally, there are “a relatively small number of infringers,” Whitney said.
Students aren’t pleased by the slowdown. One undergraduate started a “Take the Internet Back” page on Facebook to protest the university’s decision. “I felt they were punishing us all for the actions of a few,” he told the student newspaper, the Northern Light.
December 8, 2009
A cleverly made, minute-long movie from the College of DuPage Library about printing procedures.
October 21, 2009
A couple of links from the Podcasting demo at SCS Tech Expo: