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Chronicle of Higher Education

The Economics of Cheating

    Administrators at the University of Virginia are investigating claims
    that almost 35 graduate students [46]used an online answer key to
    cheat on homework assignments. A first-year student in the economics
    program reportedly found answers to problems in an introductory course
    on the Web and proceeded to share the answers with most of his or her
    peers in the class.

    Almost everyone in the course could be implicated in the cheating
    scandal. "I think about all the students were involved in some
    questionable behavior," said Steven A. Stern, the course's professor.
    (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Measuring 'Internet Intelligence'

    College students might be old pros when it comes to downloading music
    or swapping instant messages, but that doesn't necessarily make them
    [50]wise to the ways of the Internet. So a team of colleges, along
    with the Educational Testing Service, is developing a test that gauges
    students' "Internet intelligence."

    The Information and Communication Technology Literacy Assessment, as
    the exam is called, could become popular with professors who bemoan
    their students' poor Web-research skills. The test measures students'
    ability to find information online, verify it, and credit it properly.
    (Associated Press)

Justice Department Raids Piracy Dens

    Four people suspected of working in digital-piracy rings were arrested
    Wednesday in [54]an ambitious sting operation that spanned 11
    countries. The sting, dubbed "Operation Site Down" by the U.S.
    Department of Justice, included raids of 20 "warez" groups --
    underground communities that post pirated software and movies online.

    Officials did not say whether any of the four people arrested were
    college students, but an earlier bust conducted by the Justice
    Department did lead to [55]the arrest of a student at the University
    of Maryland at College Park. (Los Angeles Times)

Beep Beep

    Forget those tedious piano lessons that your mother made you suffer
    through as a child. Researchers at the University of Southern
    California have developed a computerized system that allows the user
    to [59]play music using a steering wheel and gas and brake pedals.
    Essentially, the researchers say, the user "drives" his or her way
    through the music with the system, known as the Expression Synthesis
    Project. The device permits people to experience playing music without
    having to first master an instrument, the researchers say. The system
    is programmed to guide the user through Brahms's Hungarian Dance No. 5
    in G minor. (The Chronicle, subscription required)


Supporting Piracy or Making a Point?

    Will BitTorrent, the network popular with movie swappers, be the next
    peer-to-peer service to face legal problems? Or is post-Grokster
    hysteria beginning to set in? Legal experts are debating those
    questions after discovering [63]a manifesto advocating digital piracy
    on the Web site of Bram Cohen, the software's creator.

    Mr. Cohen says he wrote the short polemic in 1999, two years before he
    started designing BitTorrent. And since releasing the software, he has
    repeatedly argued that it is meant for legal file swapping, not
    piracy. But some lawyers say that the memo could [64]damage Mr.
    Cohen's credibility when he claims that BitTorrent, unlike Grokster
    and Morpheus, does not endorse copyright infringement. (Wired News)

    For more on the implications of the Supreme Court's decision in MGM v.
    Grokster, see [65]an article from The Chronicle by Andrea L. Foster.

Ready for the Digital Revolution

    By the year 2020 almost every piece of research published in the
    United Kingdom will be available online. And only [69]one in 10
    newly-published articles will appear in print, according to a study
    commissioned by the British Library.

    That's a "seismic shift" for the publishing industry, says Lynne
    Brindley, the library's chief executive. The library will prepare, she
    says, by spending the next three years bolstering its technology for
    storing and organizing digital material. (BBC News)

Peer-to-Peer, Legally

    The Supreme Court's Grokster decision has put most peer-to-peer
    networks on shaky legal ground, but it could be just what the doctor
    ordered for a file-swapping service called Mashboxx. The network is
    attempting to establish itself as [73]a legal peer-to-peer option by
    persuading record companies to let people download songs and play them
    a few times before buying the tunes. (PC Pro)

    Mashboxx's founder, Wayne Rosso, is [74]a familiar face to observers
    of the file-sharing wars: He was once president of Grokster. But Mr.
    Rosso has transformed himself from a thorn in the music industry's
    side into something of an ally -- much like Shawn Fanning, the founder
    of Napster, whose SnoCap software helps record companies track their
    songs on Mashboxx. (The Washington Post)

Physicists Are People Too

    Quantum Diaries, a Web site featuring [78]blogs by researchers,
    highlights the minutiae of those who study the minutiae. (The
    Chronicle, subscription required)


RIAA Fires Off More Antipiracy Lawsuits

    Lawyers for the Recording Industry Association of America might be
    flush with victory after the Supreme Court's Grokster decision on
    Monday, but they still have plenty of work to do: Today the RIAA
    announced a new batch of lawsuits against people suspected of online
    piracy of copyrighted songs.

    A total of 784 people were identified in this month's suits, including
    a number of Grokster users. But recording studios did not say whether
    any of the defendants were suspected of sharing songs on campus

Song-Swapping by Subscription

    How do you make a music-downloading subscription service more
    appealing to college students? Try adding a dash of iTunes to the

    Ruckus, a company that offers free music and movie downloads to
    students at subscribing colleges, has introduced a tool that lets
    students create public playlists of the tunes they've downloaded using
    the service. At some universities, students have taken to browsing
    each others' iTunes folders as a social activity, and Ruckus hopes
    that it can get its subscribers to do the same. But unlike iTunes,
    Ruckus will let students download songs from their classmates'
    computers, instead of having to gather them from the service's
    centralized database.

    For more on the social side of file swapping, see [85]an article from
    The Chronicle by Scott Carlson.

Students Still Swapping Software

    One in three college students considers illegal file sharing to be
    unequivocally wrong, according to [89]a new survey commissioned by the
    Business Software Alliance.  For software manufacturers, that's hardly
    a heartening statistic, but it is an improvement over the 2003 survey,
    which found that only 23 percent of students felt that way.

    The new survey, conducted by the research firm Ipsos, paints a cloudy
    picture of the software industry's antipiracy efforts: More than 60
    percent of students said they rarely or never paid for commercial
    software. And while 44 percent of students said their campuses had
    official policies on downloading (up from 28 percent in the 2003
    survey), there was no consensus on whether campus antipiracy tactics
    were effective.

    Critics of the alliance say the study just shows that the software
    industry is fighting an unpopular battle. Stephen Downes, of
    [90]OLDaily, has argued that the 2003 survey showed "massive support
    in the student population for file sharing and attitudes ranging from
    [91]indifference to support among the professors."

The Perils of Podcasting

    Will Apple iTunes' [95]new podcasting venture run afoul of copyright
    law? It's conceivable, some experts say, depending on how the Supreme
    Court's Grokster decision is interpreted.

    The podcasting service, which made its debut on Tuesday,  allows
    iTunes users to publish their own podcasts -- homemade radio programs
    that people can download automatically to their iPods or other
    portable MP3 players. Apple has said that it plans to monitor
    submitted podcasts for violations of copyright. But if some infringing
    material does sneak onto iTunes, the company could find itself in
    [96]uncharted territory, some analysts say. (Wired News)

Recent Posts

      * [103]The Economics of Cheating
      * [104]Measuring 'Internet Intelligence'
      * [105]Justice Department Raids Piracy Dens
      * [106]Beep Beep
      * [107]Supporting Piracy or Making a Point?
      * [108]Ready for the Digital Revolution
      * [109]Peer-to-Peer, Legally
      * [110]Physicists Are People Too
      * [111]RIAA Fires Off More Antipiracy Lawsuits
      * [112]Song-Swapping by Subscription


      * [114]July 1, 2005
      * [115]June 30, 2005
      * [116]June 29, 2005
      * [117]June 28, 2005
      * [118]June 27, 2005
      * [119]June 24, 2005
      * [120]June 23, 2005
      * [121]June 22, 2005
      * [122]June 21, 2005
      * [123]June 20, 2005


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   59. http://chronicle.com/prm/weekly/v51/i43/43a02702.htm
   64. http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,68046,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2
   65. http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/06/2005062801t.htm
   74. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18568-2004Dec22.html
   78. http://chronicle.com/prm/weekly/v51/i43/43a01101.htm
   85. http://chronicle.com/prm/weekly/v50/i37/37a03201.htm
   88. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/songswapping_by.html#trackback
   89. http://www.bsa.org/usa/press/newsreleases/Nationwide-Survey-June-2005.cfm
   90. http://www.downes.ca/news/OLDaily.htm
   95. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/pod_people.html
  103. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/07/the_economics_o.html
  104. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/07/the_dsl_curve.html
  105. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/07/justice_departm.html
  106. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/07/beep_beep.html
  107. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/supporting_pira.html
  108. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/ready_for_the_d.html
  109. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/peertopeer_lega.html
  110. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/physicists_are_.html
  111. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/riaa_fires_off_.html
  112. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/songswapping_by.html
  113. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/archives.html
  114. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/07/01/index.html
  115. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/30/index.html
  116. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/29/index.html
  117. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/28/index.html
  118. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/27/index.html
  119. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/24/index.html
  120. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/23/index.html
  121. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/22/index.html
  122. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/21/index.html
  123. http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/2005/06/20/index.html

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