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Posted Date: 12/11/2017

UC Davis will host the next annual University of California Computing Services Conference on Aug. 13-15, 2018. The theme this year is “sustainable technology.”   

Posted Date: 12/08/2017

The University of California has ordered all UC campuses and locations not to buy or deploy Kaspersky Lab products, including technology that uses embedded Kaspersky code.

Kaspersky’s main product is antivirus software. Based on procurement records and data from managed computer systems, only a handful of locations at UC Davis use Kaspersky products, so the impact here is minor.

Posted Date: 12/04/2017

Starting Dec. 19, 2017, anyone who still wants to access SmartSite will need to do so from a campus location or, if they’re away from UC Davis, use a VPN (virtual private network) connection.

The change, which essentially limits access to people who have UC Davis accounts, is part of the phased retirement of the former campus learning management system.

Posted Date: 11/30/2017

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to replace current rules enforcing net neutrality. Because of interest generated by the pending decision, we’re posting this essay originally written last spring.

If the United States abandons net neutrality, says UC Davis University Librarian MacKenzie Smith, the harm to scholarship will be significant.

In her position, she is most directly concerned about the injury this change would inflict on scholarly journals and communication, and by extension the damage that would then flow out to the research and innovation that communication supports. But online education, startup companies, and other endeavors would all be harmed.

Today, traffic is treated equally as it moves across the internet. That’s the core of net neutrality. You cannot legally pay an internet service provider (ISP) to move your data faster than anyone else’s.

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Posted Date: 11/29/2017

A serious flaw in Apple’s macOS High Sierra software was discovered Tuesday, and Apple released a patch today to fix it. The UC Davis Information Security Office and other security experts are advising Mac users to install the patch immediately.

Posted Date: 11/28/2017

Instructure, which created Canvas, will make a key decision in 2018 on how best to develop software that’s intended to help faculty manage large or multiple courses.

Before deciding which way to go, the company would like to hear from instructors at UC Davis and other universities that use Canvas.

Posted Date: 11/21/2017

A new tool that helps instructors combine enrollments from multiple course sections into one primary course site is now available in UC Davis Canvas.

The Cross-listing Assistant improves on the previous Canvas process for combining sections, which was complex for courses with multiple sections. As an interim measure, Canvas Support has been offering to cross-list sections for any UC Davis instructor upon request.

Posted Date: 11/02/2017

A good email service includes good email “hygiene”—back-end processes that remove malware and block spam. On Dec. 2, UC Davis will make some improvements to its hygiene for all campus email systems, including Office 365 (used by most staff and many faculty) and DavisMail (used by undergraduates and many graduate students and faculty).

Few people are likely to notice any difference. The changes will make campus email more secure, especially over the long term.

In December, administrators will adjust internal email headers and spam filter scoring, and move the hygiene processing from servers located on campus to servers located in the uConnect cloud. Office 365 and DavisMail already operate in the cloud (as do many other services).

Posted Date: 10/23/2017

The latest phase of the project to improve Banner, the student information system for UC Davis, wrapped up as planned on Sunday evening.

Posted Date: 10/19/2017

Faculty research attracts attention, and it’s not always the kind faculty want. On Oct. 26, FBI Special Agent Nick Shenkin will visit UC Davis for a lunchtime talk about international and other cybersecurity threats directed at researchers.

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