Question 1: Universities Are Switching to Gmail
Do you agree or disagree that Google Gmail would be unable to replace a university’s private email system? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a private email system? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a cloud application such as Google Gmail? What choice would you make if you were the primary decision maker for selecting your school email system?
Question 2: Information Business Intelligence or a Diversion from the Truth?
President Barack Obama used part of his commencement address at Virginia’s Hampton University to criticize the flood of incomplete data or downright incorrect data that flows in the 24 hour news cycle. The president said, You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter. With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and play stations none of which I know how to work. Information becomes a distraction a diversion a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.
Do you agree or disagree with president Obama’s statement? who is responsible for verifying the accuracy of online data? What should happen to companies that post inaccurate data? What should happen to individuals who post inaccurate data? What should you remember when reading or citing sources for online data?
Question 3: Google Books
Google is scanning all or parts of the books collections of the university of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford university the New York public library, and Oxford university as part of its Google print library project. It intends to make those texts searchable on Google. Do you view Googles print library project as a violation of copyright laws? if you were a publisher, how would you feel about Googles project? If you were an author, how would you feel about having your book posted for free on Google books? What do you think the future of the book publishing industry will look like based on Googles radical new Googles book website?