Public fear over online privacy has been ramping up, and for Julie Brill, a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, the increased attention is warranted. In an informal talk at the Stanford Law School, Commissioner Brill said the FTC is focusing increasing attention on the privacy policies of cyber companies from Facebook to the latest smart-phone applications.
Public scrutiny over a report confirming that Google Inc. spent $5.4 million on lobbying in Washington D.C. in the first three quarters of 2011 has raised awareness among students and faculty about the influence that Google and other high-tech companies wield at Stanford.
Cornell University announced Tuesday morning that it is partnering with Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to submit a proposal to build an applied sciences graduate campus in New York City.
As a result of a recent student-led campaign to extend alumni access to Stanford email addresses, the classes of 2009, 2010 and 2011 will have access to their @stanford.edu accounts until May 31, 2012. After this date, email sent to those addresses will be forwarded to an @alumni.stanford.edu account for an additional year.
Today, however, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on an aspect of Stanford that has never let us down. One man at this university has consistently raised the bar and made us proud. Some of you know him as the founder of his own cognac label. Others recognize him as member of the board of directors of Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs and the Illuminati. Still others don’t even know his name, but are warmed by his dashing good looks and beautiful smile. We’re talking about our president, John LeRoy “Boss” Hennessy.
Net neutrality theorist Tim Wu spoke Monday afternoon at a talk hosted by the Center for Internet and Society. He discussed the threat of the Internet being run by one giant corporation, as has been the case with other information industries in the course of American history.
A week ago, I had an experience that raised fresh questions for me about the digitally interconnected nature of the Stanford campus. One of my classes required some collaboration for a group project, and the night before an assignment was due, one of my peers proposed that we all meet to discuss logistics — but via Gchat, not in person.