UCMeP in the Daily Cal

While UC Berkeley’s student newspaper the Daily Cal still refuses to publish any of our memos, letters, or op-eds, they inexplicably decided to run a story on us, thus contributing to our growing domination of the world-wide media. Check out the coverage here.


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  1. College Presidents Are Easy Targets for Cybersquatting and Hoaxes

    By Josh Keller

    Message to university presidents: Register your domain name.

    Mark G. Yudof, president of the University of California, was forced to let it be known on Tuesday that he was not, in fact, resigning, after a prankster posted a fake resignation letter online. The letter was posted on markyudof.com, a site designed to look like Mr. Yudof’s personal home page. “I hereby resign my tenure as President,” the fake letter reads. It then praises student protesters and adds, “I have decided to go back to school to study the history of social movements.”

    Mr. Yudof debunked the letter nearly immediately on his Twitter feed: “Complete nonsense. Reports of my resignation have been greatly exaggerated.”

    The perpetrator? The faux-Yudof site is registered to Kenneth Ehrlich, a visiting lecturer in art on the university’s Riverside campus. He maintains a blog, UCR Mobilize, that criticizes Mr. Yudof and provides links to information about student organizing.

    Mr. Ehrlich said in an e-mail message that “a glitch in the system” made it appear that he was connected to the forged letter. “Appearances are tricky things,” he wrote, “… as is clear to those who might have, even for a moment, thought that Mark Yudof had indeed resigned today.”

    Mr. Yudof joins the ranks of Scarlett Johansson, John McCain, and countless other famous people who have fallen victim to “cybersquatting” or “name jacking,” in which a familiar domain name is used for somebody else’s benefit.

    Other college presidents do not appear terribly concerned, however. Those whose domain names remain unregistered (for the moment) include:

    • E. Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State University
    • Robert J. Birgeneau, chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley
    • Mark A. Emmert, president of the University of Washington
    • Robert H. Bruininks, president of the University of Minnesota

    Dan Mogulof, a Berkeley spokesman, said on Tuesday that Mr. Birgeneau had a personal Web site on the berkeley.edu domain, and that reserving his domain name to anticipate the actions of cybersquatters would be overdoing it.

    “If we had to figure out how to get out in front of everybody who was pernicious, we’d have a full-time job,” Mr. Mogulof said.


    note this in the comments:

    “2. bronwen_rowlands – March 03, 2010 at 08:40 am

    Are you sure that “pernicious” is the word you want, Dan?”

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