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Skype still knows the way to San Jose - State U, that is

 Skype Journal's Phil Wolff posts that after lots of brouhaha, San Jose State University's Computing and Telecommunications department (SJSU UCAT) have said they will not ban Skype.Apparently, a Monday meeting between SJSU officials and Skype-owner eBay's governmental relations team did the trick.
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Skype Journal's Phil Wolff posts that after lots of brouhaha, San Jose State University's Computing and Telecommunications department (SJSU UCAT) have said they will not ban Skype.

Apparently, a Monday meeting between SJSU officials and Skype-owner eBay's governmental relations team did the trick.

Although Phil was not in on that meeting, he recommends that any such future confidence-building sessions between eBay, Skype, and security-conscious university network types should include Skype's potentially valuable role as a long-distance education and research facilitator, its very light support costs and configurability of Skype through a proxy service to allow for firewall-enabled monitoring. 

Phil's most security-conscious point is his last.

He believes eBay and Skype should tell campus IT admins about:

Intel's pilot of an IT-friendly release of Skype. It lets the IT department create a locked-down version of the Skype client. So they could turn off the ability to use Skype's file transfer feature, for example. Or configure all Skype clients to use a campus proxy server. A promise of things to come, and a gesture that Skype is listening to enterprise network managers.

 

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