New University of Calgary policy restricts BitTorrent access
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New University of Calgary policy restricts BitTorrent access

Justin Quaintance University of Calgary students trying to torrent their favourite movies on the university’s Wi-Fi networks might be out of luck, after the U of C restricted access to BitTorrent on Nov. 1. The new policy went into effect on Nov. 1 // Photo by Justin Quaintance The U of C’s new IT policy dictates that BitTorrent is now restricted on the AirUC-Secure, AirUC-Guest and RezNet Wi-Fi networks. BitTorrent is a decentralized Internet file sharing program that allows users to send and receive large files. Torrenting is the most common way to stream or download digital content and copyrighted material on the Internet. Students, staff and faculty who have reasonable grounds for accessing BitTorrent can request to do so through an application form on the U of C’s IT website. Those who apply to access BitTorrent must prove their request relates to work duties or academic activities. Their request must also be compliant with Canadian copyright law. “We are not saying people can’t have it. We’re saying people need to think reasonably in terms of their need for the service and what they are accessing. We hope people will take that responsibility very seriously,” U of C vice-president […]

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