Category: NASPA

  • Reactions to RIAA Pre-Settlement Letters And More

    Some quick updates and links to discussions and news related to online copyright infringement: Last week, the RIAA announced that it was beginning a new program where it would send alleged offenders a notice before suing them to offer them an early option to settle. This offer is sent to the university or college with…

  • Copyright Education Is Effective

    In the new issue of the NASPA Journal is an article from Drs. Jennifer Christie Siemens and Steven W. Kopp entitled “Teaching Ethical Copyright Behavior: Assessing the Effects of a University-Sponsored Computing Ethics Program.” In summary, this article reports that persistent educational efforts have a positive effect on the self-reported behaviors and beliefs of the…

  • NASPA Technology Knowledge Community

    Earlier this week, NASPA approved a new Technology Knowledge Community. Within NASPA, Knowledge Communities are self-organized groups dedicated to particular topics or areas of knowledge. Knowledge Communities gain access to NASPA resources such as webspace, listservs, and limited funding for educational programs and resources. Apparently there was previously a Technology Knowledge Community but it folded…

  • A Tenuous Connection With Digital Rights Management

    One topic of interest among a small group of academics and students is the emerging technology known as “Digital Rights Management” or DRM. As explained by Sean Captain in his New York Times article “So Much Music, So Few Choices,” DRM is “technology that protects copyrighted works by preventing unlimited duplication.” It’s a bit more…

  • Inspired by Rejection? Or Merely an Idea Whose Time Has Come?

    Like several hundred other ACPA and NASPA members, I submitted a program proposal for the upcoming Joint Meeting. Like many other programs, the main topic of my proposed program was Facebook. My program specifically centered on two points: Introduction and discussion of relevant historical and contemporary computer-mediated communications (CMC) research. This is important not only…