An app that encrypts, shreds, hashes, and salts

When it comes to mobile apps and social networks, the devil, increasingly, is in the default settings, reports The New York Times.

Companies have little, if any, incentive to let users opt out of services that siphon their personal data back to the advertisers who pay their bills. Nor do companies have any legal mandate to secure users’ personal information with hacker-proof encryption. The responsibility is very much on the user to opt out of services and read through the fine print in privacy policies to understand how their personal data is used, secured and sold.

A group of computer security experts want to turn that model on its head with Wickr, a new mobile app that they hope will set a new standard for how personal data is disseminated.

Wickr’s motto: The Internet is forever. Your private conversations don’t need to be.

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Officers’ names can be released in UC Davis incident, judge rules

Siding with the Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee, an Alameda County Superior Court judge Tuesday ordered the release of the names of UC Davis police officers that were removed from a critical report on the pepper-spraying of student protesters, reports the L.A. Times.

The newspapers sued the UC Regents last month under the California Public Records Act to compel release of the names –- all but two of which had been withheld under a settlement agreement in a separate case.

In that case, Judge Evelio Grillo had disagreed with the police officers’ union that significant swaths of the report pertaining to officer conduct should be withheld from the public. But he had allowed for the redaction of most names after the union asserted that those officers would probably face harassment. On Tuesday, Grillo said his earlier injunction did not apply to information sought under the California Public Records Act and ordered the policy report –- written by a task force headed by former state Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso –- released in its entirety.

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Vet-targeted college website to be turned over to feds

For-profit schools have aggressively recruited veterans since 2008.

A company that officials say preyed on veterans for their education benefits by steering them to for-profit colleges has agreed to pay $2.5 million to 20 states and turn over its website to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced the consumer protection settlement June 27 against QuinStreet Inc. The company ran the website GIBill.com.

The states alleged GIBill.com misled military veterans by giving the impression schools listed on its site were the only ones where education benefits could be used. The colleges were primarily for-profit.

QuinStreet says it doesn’t consider the website misleading, but reached the agreement to provide greater clarity.

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Veterans’ groups level harsh criticism against for-profit colleges

Conway, who has become a national leader in the push for more accountability and regulation in the for-profit education industry, chastised for-profit schools for using GIBill.com to push service members toward their colleges.

“This company preyed on our veterans who received educational benefits as a result of their military service to our country,” Conway said.  “The actions were unconscionable and purposefully drove veterans to for-profit colleges who were perhaps more interested in getting their hands on the federal benefits than in educating our soldiers and their families.”

Other states involved are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York,Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Consumer advocates and attorneys general involved in the QuinStreet settlement said for-profit colleges — many with large online education operations — have ramped up efforts to push veterans to for-profit schools since 2008, when Congress enacted the Post-9/11 GI Bill, making billions available for service members and their families.

Under terms of the agreement, QuinStreet will have to shut down any website that includes “GI Bill” in its domain name.

“These new consumer protections will help ensure that veterans looking online to learn more about the GI Bill will find accurate information about the benefits they have earned through their service and sacrifices for our country,” said Holly Petraeus, assistant director for Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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INTELECOM and Wolper Information Services Partner to Enhance Distribution of Video Streaming to Academic Libraries

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INTELECOM and Wolper Information Services
Partner to Enhance Distribution of Video Streaming to Academic Libraries
Agreement adds academic video streaming database to Wolper’s line of information services.

Pasadena, CA (June 25, 2012) – INTELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications and Wolper Information Services today announced an agreement to enhance the distribution of INTELECOM’s academic video streaming database, the INTELECOM Online Resources Network®. Wolper is the first subscription agent authorized to handle INTELECOM’s offerings.

The CODiE award-winning database adds to the extensive portfolio of information products and services offered by Wolper Information Services, a leading provider of subscription management and other related information services for 35+ years. Customers including academic and research libraries and consortia will now have access to a reliable video streaming solution designed to meet the growing demand for curriculum-based video in support of both on- and off-campus instruction and research.

Features of the INTELECOM Online Resources Network® include:

 4,000+ closed-captioned video clips
 Faculty-friendly search interface
 Academic video across a range of common core courses
 Choice of Full or Per Discipline subscriptions
 iPad and iPhone friendly video
 Embeddable URLs and video players

Faculty and students at colleges and universities that subscribe to the INTELECOM Online Resources Network® service will have access to a rich selection of videos that they can easily find and embed directly into any CMS, PowerPoint presentations, blogs and more.

“Clearly, the content world is wider and deeper than text-based materials alone,” commented Susan Wolper, President and CEO of Wolper Information Services. “The boom in online learning is driving the demand for video content at academic institutions, and this partnership with INTELECOM allows us to answer that need with professionally-developed, syllabus-based video that’s affordably and flexibly priced.”

“Aligning with Wolper makes perfect sense – because we both serve the academic market and we both strive to deliver high-quality content and user-friendly technology,” said Cameron Cox, Vice President of Marketing at INTELECOM. “This is a good solution for the market.”

Free 30-day trials of the INTELECOM Online Resources Network® are available through Wolper upon request: inquiries@wolper.com

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About Wolper Information Services
For more than 35 years, Wolper has been a one-stop information management resource and the only 100% woman-owned business in the industry. The company provides selection, service and savings to academic, research, medical, corporate, government, public and consortia customers. Wolper’s High Tech, High Touch® approach delivers the perfect balance of next-generation technology and time-proven, personalized service. Besides serials, Wolper also handles books and e-books, print and electronic, domestic and foreign, site licenses, ERM and other information solutions. In 2011-12, Wolper was named to the EContent 100 list of “companies that matter most in the digital content industry” and Wolper’s proprietary, custom, cloud-based content management software was a finalist for the KMWorld magazine’s KM Promise Award. Wolper also received the Bronze Award for Front-Line Customer Service Team of the Year in the 2012 Stevie Awards. Learn more at www.wolper.com.

About INTELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications
Since its founding nearly 40 years ago, INTELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications – a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation owned and operated by a joint power authority of 31 California community colleges – has been a leader in the design, production and distribution of distance learning courseware and instructional media for post-secondary, secondary and adult basic education. Today, INTELECOM is uniquely positioned as a premier producer and distributor of online learning resources and curriculum-based digital content. For more information, go to www.intelecom.org.

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Interfolio Launches ByCommittee to Help Higher Education Organizations Transform Faculty and Staff Selection Process

Interfolio Launches ByCommittee to Help Higher Education Organizations Transform Faculty and Staff Selection Process

Designed for Higher Education Faculty and Staff Search, ByCommittee Enables Comprehensive and Efficient Candidate Decisions

Washington, D.C., June 26, 2012 – Interfolio, a leading provider of higher education applications and credential management solutions for institutions, organizations and candidates, today announced Interfolio ByCommittee, a secure online solution that helps higher education search committees manage the candidate evaluation workflow and selection process.

By automating the complex, largely manual search process and going beyond traditional applicant tracking system workflows, Interfolio ByCommittee provides higher education organizations with the ability to quickly select the best and most diverse faculty and staff members while aligning with consistent and compliant evaluation and selection practices. The solution facilitates a cohesive experience built for committee-based application and evaluation decisions and works alongside existing HR systems while preserving department autonomy.

“We chose Interfolio ByCommittee to help us broaden our pool of potential faculty candidates by giving us more time to focus on quality and diversity without the burden of manually collecting materials,” said Alison Byerly, provost of Middlebury College. “Using ByCommittee has not only helped us become more efficient, it has encouraged our search committees to recruit a broad range of candidates without worrying about receiving ‘too many’ applications.”

By using Interfolio ByCommittee, institution-level administrators can securely review applications online and track all searches in progress across the organization, including proactively managing EEO compliance and reporting. Administrators can communicate the status of applications and positions with ease, while maintaining legal requirements and avoiding litigation.

In addition to Middlebury College, College of the Holy Cross, Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers University and Siena College, among others, are already using Interfolio ByCommittee.

“At Interfolio, we are committed to helping higher education organizations recruit and select the best faculty and staff,” said Steve Goldenberg, CEO of Interfolio. “Until now, there’s been a gaping hole in the search committee process as institutions have been bogged down by antiquated processes. We developed ByCommittee to help them efficiently review and collaborate on candidate materials online, while adhering to committee procedures, institution best practices and legal guidelines.”

Interfolio ByCommittee requires minimal set up and training and can be configured to use institutional single sign-on.

Serving the needs of higher education candidates for 13 years, Interfolio has improved the confidential letter of recommendation writing experience for more than 300,000 faculty, staff and administrators and now supports institutions focused on building a competitive and desirable staff and faculty.

For more information about Interfolio ByCommittee, please visit http://bycommittee.interfolio.com.

About Interfolio
Interfolio is a leading provider of higher education applications and credential management solutions for institutions, organizations and candidates. Interfolio’s Dossier and ByCommittee solutions streamline the application, communication and search committee review processes while maintaining compliant hiring practices. Founded in 1999, Interfolio has helped colleges and universities hire over 25,000 faculty members and improved the application experience for hundreds of thousands of students, candidates, faculty members and administrators. For more information, please find Interfolio at www.interfolio.com and on Twitter at @interfolio.

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Ithaca College to Enhance Learning with New Technology

Higher Education Institution Selects Turning Technologies
as Campus-Wide Clicker Provider

Youngstown, OH – June 26, 2012 – Turning Technologies, the leading provider of student response solutions, adds Ithaca College to its list of institutions to standardize support around the company’s student response solutions. After the completion of an independent evaluation period of Turning’s polling solution and a competing solution, Ithaca College has selected the ResponseCard® NXT as the centrally supported clicker device.

The ResponseCard NXT is Turning Technologies’ newest student clicker and provides cell phone style text entry for short answer and essay questions. Combined with TurningPoint® polling software, instructors can poll within PowerPoint®, over any application, and administer self-paced testing for individual summative assessment.

In order to provide campus-wide autonomy to its student population of over 6,500, Ithaca College has standardized on a reliable and flexible technology that can be supported and represented universally. The institution’s evaluation committee had several metrics in mind when piloting the clickers. However, Turning Technologies’ product offering of both a PowerPoint add-in as well as “standalone” polling option was the deciding factor in the committee’s decision.

“It’s great to hear of our new relationship with Ithaca College. Being able to provide our technology to the future students of Ithaca College is yet another step in creating dynamic learning environments that support student performance and positively impact student retention,” said Dr. Tina Rooks, Turning Technologies’ Vice President & Chief Instructional Officer.

Marilyn Dispensa, Instructional Technology Coordinator – ITS said, “We believe that integration with Sakai and better hardware performance will improve the experience using clickers for both the faculty and the students.”

Turning Technologies readily elicits customer feedback and takes it into consideration during the development process, creating assessment delivery and data collection solutions specifically designed with users in mind. The company remains the industry leader in higher education with more than 2,300 U.S. colleges and universities using Turning Technologies’ clicker solutions. Additional growth is expected in 2012, predominately during the fall semester with ongoing pilots and standardizations.

About Turning Technologies:
Turning Technologies creates leading assessment delivery and data collection solutions for learning environments. Founded in 2002, the company began with the development of response technology that was affordable, user-friendly and better documented so that users could easily grasp its benefits. Today, more than four million ResponseCard clickers have been delivered to K-12 schools, universities and businesses worldwide. Turning has expanded its portfolio of products to include data collection systems that securely transfer digital data for various assessment, testing and certification programs. Based in Youngstown, OH, information on Turning Technologies’ solutions can be found at www.TurningTechnologies.com.

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College boards turn to business-style approaches

Sullivan said: "Corporate-style, top-down leadership does not work in a great university."

A popular University of Virginia president is forced to resign because board members thought she wasn’t working quickly enough to address diminished funding and other challenges. Purdue University hires as its new president a governor who lacks academic experience but is adept at raising money and cutting education spending.

And the president of the University of Texas enlists a committee of high-profile corporate executives to examine the school’s budget and operations.

The governing boards of colleges and universities are increasingly demanding that their presidents perform more like corporate chief executives, much to the chagrin of academics who say treating colleges as businesses doesn’t fit the mission of higher education.

Experts say the recent moves largely have been spurred by federal and state funding cuts.

In Charlottesville, Va., the Board of Visitors ousted U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan earlier this month because some members thought she was moving too slowly to address shrinking government funding, develop more online courses and position U.Va.’s hospital to better compete with private health care providers.

Sullivan was reinstated Tuesday in a unanimous vote by the board nearly three weeks after her secretive ouster. The Faculty Senate and college deans stood behind Sullivan as students, faculty and alumni protested the forced resignation.

In the days before the vote, Rector Helen Dragas said Sullivan’s self-described “incrementalist” style stood in the way of the university’s long-term success. In defending her performance since she took office in August 2010, however, Sullivan said: “Corporate-style, top-down leadership does not work in a great university.”

Late last week, Dragas issued a statement describing the concerns that led the board to Sullivan’s removal. Among them were a lack of an overall strategic plan and a list of 10 difficulties the school was facing. The recurrent themes in the list included competition, technology and scarce resources. Many also referenced a lack of planning or leadership.

“For some time, the Board of Visitors has been concerned about the following difficult challenges … and we concluded that their structural and long-term nature demanded a deliberate and strategic approach, not an incremental one,” Dragas said in the statement.

Dragas said Tuesday she supported Sullivan’s reinstatement and the two pledged to work together. But the president acknowledged that differences remain.

“I do not ask that we sweep any differences under a rug, but rather we engage each other with candor and respect,” she said after the vote.

The ordeal has sparked a debate on the merits of traditional academic leadership versus results-driven management.

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The real U-Va. story: The 99 percent win

In the end, it wasn’t really so much about the ousted and then reinstated University of Virginia president, Teresa Sullivan, or about the governing board leader, Helen Dragas, who had led a secret campaign against her and then, drowning in a tsunami of opposition, agreed to bring her back, The Washington Post reports.

No, the U-Va. story of the last few weeks is really about the school community — the 99 percent who had been left out of the decision to fire her — successfully rising up to demand their leader back. University of Virginia faculty, students, alumni, administrators and others refused to go along with the secret decision by the board, and with a voice loud and persistent enough, won the day.

The Board of Visitors voted unanimously on Tuesday to reinstate Sullivan as president, and both Dragas and Sullivan promised to work together to take the university forward. A showdown that many had foreseen did not happen; negotiations before the session had been successful in coming to an agreement to bring back the president.

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Super Wi-Fi goes to college with new government effort

Google, Microsoft and more than 500 colleges and universities created a new partnership with the team behind the Gig.U project, with plans to bring broadband to rural America using Super Wi-Fi, Gigaom reports.

The Air.U partnership hopes to use the abandoned television airwaves to deliver Wi-Fi like networks to rural colleges. While these networks won’t be the superfast gigabit networks research institutions will get under the Gig.U project, they could play a valuable role in getting Super Wi-Fi to the mainstream. The plan is to launch roughly six pilot projects by the first quarter of next year.

The resulting networks would use the Super Wi-Fi technology to create wireless networks that serve about a 10-kilometer radius and deliver roughly 10 Mbps of capacity per channel.

The network would consist of a base station or a series of base stations hooked into some kind of backhaul network. In rural areas that’s likely to be DSL or maybe microwave.

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