Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Compulsory Participation In Direct Deposit At UC? Raises at UC. Data Mining, "Goopple" or "Appgle", Mesh

Does anybody recall the exchange at the last UC Regents meeting where some of the regents/senior administrators engaged in cross talk about making direct deposit compulsory for all employees as part of efficiency,Working Smarter or OE (think Pitts, Brostrom, or Taylor were in on the conversation-- paraphrasing-- "oh yeah we pay a load out for cutting paper checks"-- "many of the faculty are hold outs/insist on paper" and one of the regents or admin said "yeah we should make direct deposit compulsory for all and look at that in the near future" etc)??- anyway, it was brought to mind today reading many tech headlines and got us to thinking...

Should it, could it, would it be compulsory? and is that right?

broader questions beyond UC:
Why does an employer feel it has a right to employee info for direct deposit? is it broadly accepted that it is the employer's tacit right to have it? Same question on other things like health benefits- employees negotiating procedures with employers etc...in these hard times are employees- particularly lower wage employees- giving up many privacy rights just so as to not rock the boat? Shouldn't they/employers/providers be required e.g. to clean up their house before asking for even more info of customers, employees, anyone?
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Michael Ostrolenk touches on this topic in a different way.
Related news out today:
UC To Give Merit Pay Raises To SOME Faculty Staff-- here is the letter from Yudof and press release.

still no update to the state salary database- providing updated 2010 figures-- it is still only loaded with 2009 data... strategic?
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Heather Brooke: Data Dealing Is A Bigger Scandal Than Phone Hacking
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iPhones and Android phones building vast databases for Google and Apple

Italy, France and Germany to investigate smartphone tracking software amid privacy concerns
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Google buys facial recognition firm, despite privacy concerns

Google buys Motorola Mobility - market reaction

Google has struck its biggest-ever deal, announcing it will buy Motorola's mobile phone business for $12.5bn (£7.7bn), to allow it to expand in the smartphone market and challenge Apple's dominance.

Cable execs wary as Google acquires Motorola boxes

and Steven Levy -Wired

KTVU coverage and KPIX and KGO's and KRON's coverage.

Perhaps one should become a conglomerate rather than a corporation? seems to have worked for university systems when dealing with state etc.

...all you old-fashioned traditional-individual-human-beings need to rethink things.
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Student-Loan Delinquencies Rise, Adding To Fears Of An Education Bubble
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With all this tech advancement and the not so much cheaper, not so much leaner online instruction explosion--

Why do all forms of textbooks continue to be so expensive?

Battle over online class fees moves to Capitol -- (it is a bad headline- gives short shrift to the more interesting open source text books aspect.)

"Although the Obama administration has taken no position on the fee issue, Plotkin said he was "greatly heartened" to see Steinberg's letter, which also urged the college leaders to consider "other online educational resources that may be lower in cost or free to students." Chancellor Scott and Board President Himelstein have not yet replied to the letter."

-- has Yudof or UCOP commented on this issue in detail? In fact, what is UC's opinion of online high schools and on line CCC credit for admission, transfer? Haven't heard it.

20 Million Minds and MeshBook are receiving funding from a University of Texas alum so Yudof should have some thoughts, no? oh, should say a wealthy alum - that might peak interest. Also, the story seeks a response from POTUS and we know a certain university system president sees the two jobs- POTUS and Univ Pres- as equivalent so...

here is an old post on Obama's comments on the 'textbook racket'.
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Robert Reich's latest piece mentions Cal alum and San Franciscan Rube Goldberg(-like process)-- is he trying to tell us something? Yes.

-as part of MSNBC's Education Nation initiative-UC PR folks apparently got Robert Birgeneau a li'l airtime today (with Alan Greenspan's wife) Andrea Mitchell --talking about the middle class financial strains and brain drain

Birgeneau--"it's challenging".

@mitchellreports "Now you know why we need #Education Nation! typo in tweet re Robert Birgeneau @UCBerkeleyNews our guest #MitchellReports".


They were followed by:
Ezra UCLA alum Klein, who interviewed Cal's Christina Romer --they both spoke in depth about the economy while being fearful of losing ratings because the public's eyes glaze over on econ...is that true? Or, is it just the deep need to teach it to the public in an engaging, accessible way without the alphabet soup and shortcut lingo-- in a way that personalizes and makes relevant to everyday life-- that truly should be a way that higher ed contributes to solving this crisis. Warren Buffet, of all people(!), had to remind us that 60 million Americans earn less than $22,000 and 43 million are on food stamps. Public ed stakeholders should ask themselves if they have the skills to reach that same demographic and explain this economy to them. That is a skill worth having. Could you?

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