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Seminar examines technology issues

Margie Hodges-Shaw, a national authority on the topic of computing policies and ethics, is the guest speaker for a March 21 technology seminar, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Information Technology Services (ITS).

One of the featured speakers at Educause's 2001 national conference, Hodges-Shaw was the cofounder of the Center for Computer Policy and Law in Cornell University. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the Warner School and serves as a senior advisor in the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Her talk, "Making Soup Without Stock: Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues Affecting Technology Decisions in Higher Education," will address topics such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and file sharing applications (, Napster, for example); privacy and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; the First Amendment, academic freedom and appropriate use; policy development strategies; model educational efforts designed to encourage ethical use of computers; and tips about how to make decisions about technology use in an uncertain legal atmosphere.

All members of the University community are invited. The seminar takes place in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and opens with remarks from Provost Charles Phelps and Amelia Tynan, vice provost and chief information officer. A question-and-answer session with Hodges-Shaw and Liudvikas Bukys, associate vice provost and ITS director, will follow the talk, along with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

The series is part of an ITS effort to promote best practices in information technology and expand benchmarking knowledge across the University.

Reservations are required. Contact Kim Weems at x5-7402 or for more details.

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