Dr. Leslie Brown has instituted a blog for her Introduction to Emerging Technology course. Her intent is to provide a forum for her students to express themselves regarding their views on the discussion topics within the course. Dr. Brown does not grade the student blog entries, although she does use them as guides for discussions within the course. She also provides students the option of anonymous postings, although she has a way of identifying those individuals. Recently, several student postings have been highly controversial regarding copyright issues in virtual worlds. College officials are concerned about the postings and how they reflect on the university. The officials have asked Dr. Brown to discontinue the use of the blog. Also, they have asked for the names of the students who posted anonymously. What should Dr. Brown do about the use of the blog for her course? Should she provide the officials with the names of students? What alternatives does she have in order to be able to have her students exchange ideas?
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