Tag Archives: Cloud computing


John Naughton: Cloud computing: the carbon footprint. Greenpeace report Make IT Green: Cloud Computing and its Contribution to Climate Change


Guardian: Scientists cleared of malpractice in UEA’s hacked emails inquiry 14th April


Green ICT projects showcased: Sustainable ICT projects in six universities and colleges JISC


How we built the UK national carbon calculator Datastore


Five favourite sustainability-related TED talks of the past 5 years: Earth day the TED way 22nd April


Economist: Hydrogen tries again


From the beginning, the cloud hanging over the whole hydrogen enterprise has not been the power source as such, but the intractable difficulty of distributing and storing the stuff.



Google in higher education

Paul Canning reports

News that Portsmouth Uni has moved all of its students into the cloud with free, multi-lingual access to an advertising free version of Google Apps, including webmail with 7gb capacity, online documents, spreadsheets and calendars, chat and collaboration and site building functions.
A win-win in the cloud for UK Public Sector?

We’re going to see this played out throughout the public sector as IT budgets and performance come under close scrutiny. It raises significant data protection and privacy questions which need public policy examination.
Google say “Google is signed up to the Safe Harbour Act which commits a US company to comply with European data protection standards, even when information is stored outside Europe.” Does that answer all the questions? The potential commercial value of data about the university population is enormous. We don’t have a precedent for any company or organisation holding as much data about people as Google will.
It’s also the case that concerns about maintaining UK and european standards of data protection offer convenient protection against competition from cloud vendors for employees of UK IT departments. The other main beneficiaries of this protectionism are Microsoft and vendors of closed VLEs like Blackboard.
Google’s education and collaboration tools are already credible alternatives. Not necessarily the best, but University managers have heard of Google.
The choice between in-house IT and the cloud is going to become more acute with the release of Google Wave. The research community wants Wave. Wave could be hugely important for e-learning, distance learning and workgroup collaboration. Low-cost start-ups in education, whether commercial or open access not-for-profits, could have better tools than the incumbent providers, and they can have them for free.
Google have a fine record in supporting education: free licences, summer of code internships. They have successfully negotiated issues of openness in software licensing in ways which have earned the respect of the developer community.
Where the end-users have a choice, it’s not difficult to predict what are they going to do. Free is a difficult price to beat. Just as important, you don’t have ask permission and wait for budget approval to start using tools which allow you to work better.
What’s less clear is whether public scrutiny of the information policy issues will happen.

September #1

Cloud Computing
Cory Doctorow: ‘ the main attraction of the cloud to investors and entrepreneurs is the idea of making money from you, on a recurring, perpetual basis, for something you currently get for a flat rate or for free without having to give up the money or privacy that cloud companies hope to leverage into fortunes.’ Guardian

Digital Britain
Open Rights Group, BT, Which?, TalkTalk, Consumer Focus respond to government plans to disconnect internet users http://bit.ly/4mCuBA
“3.9M or 7M? Behind the UK’s dodgy file-sharing numbers” http://tinyurl.com/l2xsxk Radio 4 More or Less investigation

Winning Open Design for Classroom of the Future http://ping.fm/QsdXh

http://tr.im/yhQJ Google developing a micropayment platform and pitching it to newspapers

Higher Education
Fast Company on free online alternatives to university: Wiley, P2P University, MIT http://bit.ly/bRS40

SSRN Business plans for public WiFi failed to anticipate how residents would use the service. http://bit.ly/2QP6G
Victor Keegan on some online start-ups Guardian

Cardiff Future of Journalism Conference: how newspapers use Twitter (mostly badly) http://bit.ly/rzPGX
Video: Leading academics’ views on whether there’s a future for journalism http://bit.ly/rG2yh
Emily Bell: Proposals For Newspaper Publishers Include Google Micropayments http://cnt.to/hHY good summary

By 2015, chinese government is planning to have 286 cities digitally mapped http://tinyurl.com/omtau4 reports Beijing Review

FT techblog: Apple allows Rhapsody music streams on iPhone: http://bit.ly/46Hy17 Spotify, now RealNetworks. FCC taking an interest.

Open ID
OpenID Pilot Program to be Announced by US Government http://bit.ly/yWSBH

Open Access
MIT OpenCourseWare Shares Some Stats and Prepares to Make Site Improvements http://bit.ly/SgKyS

Simon Garfield on IKEA’s switch from Futura to Verdana: flatpack font
Why does it matter? Illustrated