I thought I was writing a blog; turns out I’m a threat to humanity

Posted in Legal issues on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“‘We need to address the threat to humanity posed by the tsunami of unverifiable data, opinion, libel and vulgar abuse in new media. I know all the stuff about it being a tool of freedom and democracy, and I also know it has the capacity to destroy civil society and cause unimaginable suffering …'” (more)

[TJ McIntyre, IT Law in Ireland, 6 February]

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Ireland’s SOPA – the day of reckoning approaches

Posted in Legal issues on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“Tomorrow, the controversial statutory instrument concerning a change to the Copyright Act 2000 to correct a loophole in the legislation – dubbed ‘Ireland’s SOPA’ – goes before Cabinet. The ultimate decision can go one of either two ways …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 6 February]

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6 reasons why Irish SOPA can’t work

Posted in Legal issues on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“The government’s hope of addressing internet piracy using a controversial statutory instrument look increasingly doomed. ‘Irish SOPA’ can’t work, for a variety of legal and practical reasons …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Business Post, 6 February]

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New €36m engineering building opens at AIT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has just formally opened the new Engineering and Informatics Building at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). The facility, which gleaned a €36m investment from the Department of Education and Skills, is aiming to be at the forefront of future engineering education in Ireland, said AIT president Prof Ciarán Ó Catháin this afternoon …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 6 February]

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Politics and Discourse on Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“The following is a (slightly edited) response I posted to a blog, Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less: Do we really need four more new universities?, which is awaiting moderation (indefinitely). I thought I’d re-post it here …” (more)

[The Norman Wyse Commentary, 6 February]

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Colleges May Obsess Over Rankings, But Students Don’t Care

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“When US News & World Report debuted its list of ‘America’s Best Colleges’ nearly 30 years ago, the magazine hoped its college rankings would be a game-changer for students and families. But arguably, they’ve had a much bigger effect on colleges themselves …” (more)

[Justin Pope, Huffington Post, 5 Febuary]

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Belfast’s very own Wall Street Trading Room to open at Queen’s

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s first ever financial trading room is set to open at Queen’s University Belfast. The First Derivatives Trading Room, supported by Invest NI, will provide a dynamic learning environment for students hoping to embark in a career in financial services or technology …” (more)

[Queen’s University Belfast Press Releases, 6 February]

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The higher education paradox: a public good but private cost

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“If universities are public, the argument for their costs being borne by individuals – along with justification of for-profit providers – becomes diminished, says David Reed …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 6 February]

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Why Stop with Elsevier?

Posted in Research on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“Goodness, things are really heating up around Elsevier, or at least that’s what some people would like us to think. As reported in numerous sources, including LJ, there’s now a petition being signed by academics to refuse to publish, referee, or do any editorial work for Elsevier journals. 2300 signatures and climbing when I last checked …” (more)

[Annoyed Librarian, 1 February]

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Ireland’s innovation opportunity

Posted in Research on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“The Horizon 2020 funding programme gives Irish researchers and businesses a greater opportunity to see their ideas turned into new products and services, writes European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn …” (more)

[eolas magazine, 6 February]

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Who writes your essays?

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“The internet is awash with people offering to write essays for students. Should you regard them as a service or a scam? …” (more)

[Maddy Potts, Guardian, 6 February]

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Intellectual Property Laws Damage Innovation

Posted in Legal issues on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“Ham-fisted intellectual property (IP) rights on existing technologies hinder subsequent innovation, according to Heidi Williams at the Department of Economics at Harvard …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 6 February]

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Kenny warning to public servants

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“The Taoiseach has issued a stark warning to public servants that the protection of wages under the Croke Park Agreement may be revisited if work practices are not changed …” (more)

[Mary Regan, Irish Examiner, 6 February]

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NovaUCD predict 300 highly skilled jobs will be created over next two years

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“Ireland’s bid to boost its ‘smart economy’ credentials received support from NovaUCD, the university-linked innovation and technology transfer centre, yesterday as it forecast that some 300 highly skilled jobs would be created by the 37 companies based at the centre over the next two years …” (more)

[Laura Slattery, Irish Times, 6 February]

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UCC establishes research post in Buddhism

Posted in Research on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“University College Cork has become the first institute of its type in Ireland to establish a research post in Buddhist studies …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 6 February]

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Revealed: Litany of damning findings at VEC

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“Teachers overpaid, ineligible students awarded allowances, massive budget over-runs, and staff being paid off the books are just some of a series of damning findings of an internal audit of one VEC Youthreach project …” (more)

[Conor Ryan and Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 6 February]

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Low-alcohol beer could lead to high spirits for UCC researchers

Posted in Research on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“UCC researchers have developed a taste-retaining low alcohol beer, and caught the attention of the interest of one of Europe’s leading brewers …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 6 February]

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‘The law should be predictable as to what is mandated and what is forbidden’

Posted in Legal issues on February 6th, 2012 by steve

“One of the strongest arguments against the proposed copyright statutory instrument is that it is so vague as to make it impossible to predict what it might require of internet intermediaries …” (more)

[TJ McIntyre, IT Law in Ireland, 5 February]

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