[LINK] Turnbull wants all aussies to have email address
glen.turner at aarnet.edu.au
Mon Sep 12 03:28:46 EST 2005
Ivan Trundle wrote:
> Apart from the obvious question of 'Why?' that should be posed to Mr
> Turnbull (and the 'How' when it comes to getting all Australians to
> read e-mail, too), the privacy and identity issue is important.
> An example:
> I have one child at a school with a policy of
> Not good - not just in terms of privacy and confidentiality, but
> because of the point that Craig makes (and I wouldn't be surprised if
> the Family Law Courts might have something to say about it, too).
> I also have another child at a another school with a policy of
> Privacy advocates would suggest that the latter solution is correct,
> proper, and maintains the all-important privacy demanded for minors.
As uni sysadmins can tell you, the student id is often used
as a form of obscuring identity. For example, a list on my
door might say
NETWORK ENGINEERING ASSIGNMENT 1
REQUIRED TO RESUBMIT ELSE FAIL, SEE ME
FAIL, SEE ME
NOT SUBMITTED, SEE ME
So emails which have a header of
Fred Bloggs <student200500100 at example.edu.au>
defeat this useful function of the student id.
All of which means that you need a systems id which is
unrelated to anything else. And that id better not
be dervied from the student's name since people's names
can change but computers like ids to remain stable.
So students have two essentially random numbers to
Glen Turner Tel: (08) 8303 3936 or +61 8 8303 3936
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