UISG advocates switch to Gmail

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 23, 2011 7:20 AM

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University of Iowa Student Government passed a motion Tuesday officially advocating that the UI outsource its e-mail to Gmail.

The motion comes after UISG technology director Ryan Kopf and other executives in the Student E-mail Outsourcing Committee compiled a 10-page report for UI administrators outlining why they support Gmail.

While the motion is purely symbolic, Kopf said the UI will most likely outsource at some point because of budget problems. Other universities have reported cost savings as a result of outsourcing, he said.

Out of 1,883 students surveyed, Kopf said 64 percent of students preferred Gmail over Microsoft as an e-mail platform. After speaking with other UI student organizations, Kopf said most were already utilizing Gmail accounts.

Kopf said UI administrators have viewed the report, and their primary concerns include the potential security issues of having information stored on servers outside the country.

— by Hayley Bruce

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