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Beware of the Whistler Scam

As the sun sparkles and the sultry peaks of British Columbia’s most sought-after mountaintops, it’s pretty easy to find yourself blinded by the beauty. Each year, Whistler brings in over 2.7 million tourists to bask in the wonder—and many activities—that the resort-town provides. It boasts everything from snowboarding to bungee jumping, and has the capacity […]

Open Access Week: a Social Media Snapshot

Open Access Week: a Social Media Snapshot

Last week, some of the greatest minds in Open Access met in a panel to discuss the success, challenges and future of open access in the forms of scholarly publishing, textbooks and education. Take a look at the social media timeline of the event below. [View the story “Open Access Week: Social Media Snapshot” on […]

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Are Private Groups Really Private?

It’s that time of year again—the first week of a brand new fall semester that screams ‘fresh start.’ Whether you’re sporting a brand new laptop for the year, or flaunting a new set of kicks (is that what the kids are still calling it these days?), the new school year always offers every student the […]

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Phone Security 101

Universities can be dangerous places. Exams, assignments, thieves and faculty lie in wait for the unsuspecting undergrad; of these, only theft can be (responsibly) avoided. This is important in the age of the smartphone; losing your device can lead to identity theft, bank fraud, and all sorts of scary-bad-no-fun situations. What can students do to […]

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Academics Anonymous

As we’ve said many times before, privacy is essential to academic freedom and free expression. Anonymous browsing is one way for academics to ensure their privacy online (to the extent that’s possible) and can be done in a number of ways; chief among these are virtual private networks (VPNs), proxy servers and TOR – a browser purpose-built […]

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Surveillance for students: a primer

What with nearly-omnipresent network surveillance and concomitant self-censorship, students (academics in general, really) face a new set of challenges to their freedom of expression and privacy.There are several areas here of particular concern for students; notable among these are copyright, academic freedom and privacy.  Even educational surveillance can create an atmosphere of distrust, detracting from learning and […]