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Archives and administration control

Seattle Pacific UniversityImage via Wikipedia Adam Hemphill writes about a recent case of an attempt by administrators to control online content for a college newspaper through a somewhat unique avenue – demanding access to the newspaper’s web server if the server is purchased by the university.

Seattle Pacific University’s Falcon student newspaper is in the crosshairs in the Seattle Times article. SPU is a private university, but I wouldn’t put it past administrators on public university campuses to try the same argument.

The other twist to the story is that it is another case involving online archives of old stories – usually an arrest story involving someone who now wants the information out of their Google trail.

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