Dylan Tweney
Rough Drafts

P2P prosecution

A Georgia State IT administrator is being prosecuted for installing P2P software on college computers. The university says that in so doing, he robbed them of more than $400,000 worth of bandwidth. This, even though the software primarily ran during the December break, when the computers were otherw
Dylan Tweney

A Georgia State IT administrator is being prosecuted for installing P2P software on college computers. The university says that in so doing, he robbed them of more than $400,000 worth of bandwidth. This, even though the software primarily ran during the December break, when the computers were otherwise idle and unused. If you use a P2P distributed-computing application like SETI@home, could you be vulnerable to the same kind of prosecution? Let’s hope the court sees the ridiculousness of this case and doesn’t set a dangerous precedent. Granted, companies (and universities) have the right to set and enforce policies regarding the use of the computing hardware and networking bandwidth they own. But criminal prosecution? Get a grip.

Share
More from Dylan Tweney
Rough Drafts

Gratitude

The dogs have fleas. The cat keeps pooping on the kitchen floor. The house is of course a mess, and my daughter is graduating from high school tomorrow — assuming she got rid of that F in English.  Meanwhile, my wife is recovering from her 2nd eye surgery in a month, after two months of […]
Dylan Tweney 1 min read
Journalism in the Age of Online Collaboration
Rough Drafts

Journalism in the Age of Online Collaboration

Savvy journalists have adapted (or have been forced to adapt) to a new, more collaborative publishing model online. Here are my notes from a keynote presentation I delivered on this topic at the OCLC Collaboration Forum, held at the Smithsonian, on September 21. Matsuo Kinsaku was born around 1644 i
Dylan Tweney 6 min read

Dylan Tweney

If you're bored, you're not paying attention

Great! You’ve successfully signed up.

Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.

You've successfully subscribed to Dylan Tweney.

Success! Check your email for magic link to sign-in.

Success! Your billing info has been updated.

Your billing was not updated.