Oracle, Sakai, and the LMOS--Part 2

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Oct 10, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I half-typed a bunch of responses to this item and decided eventually to simply post it here. Let me just say I think it's a bad idea. Yes, a university-sponsored database containing a student's online content seems to have its allure. But how long before that service to students becomes control over students. How long, for example, before use of the university data store becomes mandatory? How long before the university begins applying copyright violation searches and content screening to the database? No, it's just a bad idea - which is why Oracle is selling it to university administrations directly, and not to students.
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