All week, I've been following a thread on the WWWEDU listserv about the "draconian measures" network administrators use to control network resources and stifle the educational spirit of students and faculty. I paid particular attention to this thread, because I'd planned to write this month's column about locking down the desktop—and other such "draconian measures"—to prevent student tampering.

After reading some of these messages, however, I realized there's a fundamental conflict between school IT staff and educators when it comes to security. There are a number of reasons this situation exists, but the root cause seems to be a misalignment


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