Ed Felton reports on the Educause Policy Conference in Washington,
Freedom to Tinker: Penn State: No Servers in Dorms: One of the most interesting parts of the day was a brief presentation by Russ Vaught, the Associate Vice Provost for IT at Penn State. He said that Penn State has a policy banning server software of all kinds from dormitory computers. No email servers; no web servers; no DNS servers; no chat servers; no servers of any kind. The policy is motivated by a fear that server software might be used to infringe copyrights.
Having banned things like student-served blogs and wikis, I hear that they are planning to ban typewriters and pens next. Never know what mischief they might get in to.
I’d hate to think this sort of thing will be cited as a precedent for government licensing and oversight requirements for running servers.
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