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Friday, April 15, 2005
Talk Is Cheap, And The Acronym Still Stinks
This Daily Cal editorial tries to reconcile an attempt to lead a research project on technology security with the not one, but two massive identity thefts on this campus within the last six months. The Daily Cal says that upon further examination, the irony is not quite as overwhelming. Here are the CalStuff facts:
While UC Berkeley isn't the only school to have information management issues, is it really the best of the UCs? I certainly hope not... I applied to half of the other schools in the system, and they'll probably keep that information until I go onto Social Security.
The budget for the project is $19 million. Have the researchers tried installing "locks" on the doors to the computer storage areas?
This project, of course, is not solely focused on security. It also is aiming to increase technolgical knowledge levels among minorities and women and investigate "cyber culture". How is this project going to accomplish all three of its goals on such a relatively small budget?
Ultimately, the only glimmer of hope is that all this press might just motivate the UC Berkeley administrators to get up and do something about developing an appropriate IT infrastructure for the 21st century. I'll believe that when I see it.
CalStuff verdict: the irony is still ripe and full of humor.Email This Post!
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