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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > IT Services Provider Will Police Campus P2P

IT Services Provider Will Police Campus P2P

IT Services Provider Will Police Campus P2P

Added: Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Information Technology Services, also known as ITS, is the leading provider for IT services for both agencies and a number of governments, as well as for educational institutions. The list of its various tasks includes policing peer-to-peer software and copyright violation on campuses.

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A new policy, named “Hall Pass”, related to file-sharing, has been introduced by Information Technology Services. The policy stipulates that users participating in P2P activities have to uninstall any file-sharing platform that can be used for copyright violation, or agree to the new policy before getting access to the UNC network.

In case a student breaks the agreement, he would be directed directly into UNC’s disciplinary channels. The policy in question would come as part of the solution for students’ love of downloading creative content. In the meantime, ITS vice chancellor said they don’t want to be the police, but to communicate to students how to be successful and avoid troubles.

The earlier system included a meeting where the employees had to provide a warning to the first-time offenders. If someone got a second warning, it resulted in a disciplinary meeting with the administrator. Now this method is considered obsolete by the company, which justified the need for a change. According to the company, when “Hall Pass” is implemented, most of student having peer-to-peer applications installed on their PCs got rid of it. They claimed the figures are that 97% of students removed the clients. Meanwhile, only 24 students agreed to accept a new policy. Executive director for information security in the company admitted that they prefer students don’t run the software at all.

Network Access Control is software designed to search all Internet users’ devices for protective software, updates and P2P clients. The program is directly connected to the UNC network. Previously, the software just looked to make sure that the student’s PC was up to date. Now, in case it detects any peer-to-peer application, the user will be redirected to a page offering information about copyright legislation and the consequences coming with unauthorized file-sharing. The company believes that this is a new proactive approach to keep people from hurting themselves.


By:
SaM
September 13th,2011

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Tuesday, September 13th, 2011



Comments (15) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Blocked (2011-09-13 14:27:03)
danny226 avatardefinate approach for a nice PTTP VPN ha ha

Cheers SaM for the info as usual

2
posted by Blocked (2011-09-13 14:29:31)
menahunie avatarNetwork Access Control is software designed to search all Internet users’ devices for protective software, updates and P2P clients. The program is directly connected to the UNC network. Previously, the software just looked to make sure that the student’s PC was up to date. Now, in case it detects any peer-to-peer application, the user will be redirected to a page offering information about copyright legislation and the consequences coming with unauthorized file-sharing. The company believes that this is a new proactive approach to keep people from hurting themselves.

So this software is going to intrude into my own personal computer that was bought and paid for by me?
I see illegal searches done by a Government entity WITH OUT A WARRANT and a lawsuit coming real quick from this..

3
posted by (2011-09-13 19:00:18)
No avatarWhat are you chatting about menahunie. If you agree to connect and use their network and bandwidth for free, then you must uninstall P2P software. Sounds reasonable to me.
People who don't like it can pay for their own internet connection.

4
posted by (2011-09-13 21:22:52)
Rockman avatarOMG its amazing how folks ( #3 above bigdavey ) are so clueless as to whats reasonable and whats not soooo naive and clueless a shame . .

5
posted by (2011-09-13 22:08:24)
DEMONLORD avatarfind the port the program uses and turn it off on the firewall assuming it only uses one port

6
posted by (2011-09-13 22:27:10)
No avatarSo Rockman, you wouldn't mind if everyone accessed the internet through your connection and downloaded all the illegal content they wanted?
I don't believe it's naive that institutions want to protect themselves from illegal activities. We are talking about University services here, not ISP's. ISP's are a different matter.

7
posted by Blocked (2011-09-14 14:23:46)
menahunie avatarIt is clear bigdavey hasn't a clue as to what is being discussed and also has no idea as to what the article says. A GOVERNMENT Entity is using software to go inside of your computer and search it for violations.... What a bit brain... Using their network isn't the same thing.. Most if not all Universities either have free access or a user account. I have a user account and in it no where does it state I give that University or any other GOVERNMENT ENTITY access INTO MY COMPUTER..
So bigdavey if you still don't get it? Then proceed to beat that brainless skull of yours with your keyboard; maybe but not likely you'll beat some common sense into yourself.. So step away from the RedBull and quit snorting it..
Off topic I see more and more stupid idiots in Universities and it is getting worse... Most of them are here in the good Ol USA and I am ashamed. The other students from other countries study hard and they also play hard; BUT don't cross the line. Way too many USA Students are nothing but azzholes and you see these morons on TV screaming about their rights when they really don't even have a clue as to what their rights really are; they think they do.
CAse in point - a student was being arrested for drug charges and they were screaming about illegal search and seizure..
Hmmm really? The dorm was having a fire drill and the housing people have to check the units to make sure it is empty so when they checked this morons unit; sitting there IN PLAIN SIGHT on the living room table was this idiots drugs and bong...

8
posted by (2011-09-14 14:55:50)
No avatarI love your response menahunie ! bravo

9
posted by Blocked (2011-09-14 16:02:33)
No avatarmenahunie, you rock, man! i like to read all of your gunslinger comments. your logic reasoning is what lot of people missing. hehehe....

10
posted by (2011-09-14 17:55:37)
No avatarNo i get it, they are trying to stop file sharing by scanning your computer for P2P software. If they were scanning for files on your computer, i would say it's wrong.
But what you are saying is like, it's ok to speed on the roads because its your car that you bought with your money. But what you have to remember is that it is not your road.
The Uni's do give free access, but not to file share.

11
posted by (2011-09-14 21:47:48)
Gaspode avatarInteresting article which raises a few questions. I have to agree with bigdavey in respect of an institution protecting itself from potential legal action by having policies and agreements in place but I agree with menahunie in that the method is quite sinister. Personally I would be loathe to allow anyone to scan my internet ready devices for any reason. However, that said, how would it appear if the file sharing software and content were completely legal? There are plenty of open source and freeware programs, thousands of documents in the public domain, countless music tracks out of copyright. It's one thing to restrict the ease of access to illegal material but quite another to restrict the free flow of free information.

12
posted by (2011-09-14 22:49:02)
No avatarI think it also depends on the steps the Uni, or whatever institution, has already taken to cull these activities. If they have told students/employees numerous times what not to do and they are being ignored, then they have no choice.
I also recognise that not all P2P is illegal. But it might be the bandwidth issue?? Not that Uni's don't have connections that can handle anything you throw at them.
You might also be able to get a P2P program that does not need to install, and therefore may not be detectable by this method.
There is no mention of detecting Usenet either, although it would be easy to include that in the search.

13
posted by Blocked (2011-09-15 13:28:25)
menahunie avatarIt is clear many don't get it.
Google about High Schools using spyware on students issued laptops.
They were activating the students laptops and cameras and WATCHING THE STUDENT.
When this was found out the parents pissed doesn't even come close and the law suit started.
THIS IS THE SAME THING....
Universities can and do protect themselves with out this software invasion. A University I know you try to use a client on their network it won't work. Even if you bounce around different ports. They have in place that looks for torrent type traffic and also a big give away is bandwidth load at an IP.. They will then squeeze down the bandwidth to a slower rate. Some students contacted the IT Dept. and were stupid enough to complain; but they were found out and warned... One didn't listen and lost network access permanently...

14
posted by Blocked (2011-09-15 13:35:20)
menahunie avatarhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbins_v._Lower_Merion_School_District

15
posted by (2011-09-15 14:45:51)
No avatarLoves the Law suit, Just some dnmb administrators listened to lo life tEchnicians then made the irreversible decisions ! They 're all deserved it
there is lesson to be learned



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