The IBM Cloud Academy, announced at the Educause annual conference, is designed to help educational institutes collaborate via a cloud-based infrastructure.
Open source seems to be getting under the skin of proprietary companies like Salesforce and Microsoft.
A recent brouhaha erupted at Educause as to how much value there is in open source.
Buried in a mammoth higher-education funding bill is a new requirement, attacked by universities, to come up with alternatives to illegal downloading.
Congress passes the Higher Education Act 2008 with provisions that require universities and colleges to deter illegal file-sharing. A tech-education group doesn't like it, but Hollywood does.
Tweaks to proposal say schools can't lose federal funding if they don't explore "technological deterrents" to piracy, but some university officials aren't satisfied.
Massive higher education bill being debated Wednesday could force universities to agree to provide deterrents and "alternatives" to illegal downloads--or risk losing their financial aid.
Media conglomerate had asked federal regulators to require broadband providers to police their networks for copyright violations, but public-interest groups say the effort is "misguided."
Capitol Hill politicos aren't alone in considering new antipiracy mandates for schools. Tennessee just passed the first such law, and universities are bracing for other states to follow.
On the eve of a possible vote, congressman yanks proposal designed to clarify that universities can't lose federal aid for antipiracy shortcomings. It's not clear exactly why.