Information, Technology & Consulting


Interface is an ongoing series of features about information technology at Dartmouth, the people of ITS, and how we work with the college's many information systems. Learn what it's like to be a freshman barred from having a cell phone on a first-year trip. Peek inside the framework of Dartmouth's many, many sites. See how our past experiences inform what we do here.

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 8:01pm

"The firestorm that’s surrounded the Affordable Care Act’s website in recent months has highlighted the importance of making sure Dartmouth’s operates properly.

Because many applicants will be logging on at the same time to check the status of their applications, it is vital that they are able to get on the website and get correct information regarding their admission and financial aid decisions.

To make sure the secure website works correctly, the Office of Admissions works with the Administrative Computing...

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Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 4:24pm

by Samantha Oh '14 

Samantha Oh '14 is a sociology major who gave a presentation on Facebook settings during last month's cyber security awareness seminars. In this guest post on Interface, Oh shares simple steps you can take to stay safe after Facebook's latest changes.

Remember when Facebook used to let you opt out of connecting your Timeline to Facebook Search?

Well, they revoked this option last month, which means that anyone who has a Facebook account can be searched by the other 1.26 billion account holders in the world....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 4:21pm

Eighty five percent of Dartmouth's Arts and Sciences classrooms and public assembly spaces are equipped with innovations that make learning more collaborative and engaging. Dartmouth Computing Services' Classroom Technology Services develops, manages, and maintains these technology systems, standing behind the scenes for many successful undergraduate courses, academic conferences, administrative functions, and campus events.

Interface sat down with Associate Director for Classroom Technology Services Andrew Faunce to learn more about his department's role at Dartmouth.


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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 4:12pm

Last quarter, Dartmouth Computing Services welcomed 17 new employees to our department. Now that they've had the chance to settle in, we've caught up with a few of them to get to know them better.

Rochele Brown provides desktop support to faculty and staff in the Arts and Humanities Research Center. Although Rochele is new to the position, she is familiar to Dartmouth Computing Services. Rochele graduated from Dartmouth this past June, where she was a student intern in Computing. When she’s not working, she can usually be found enjoying the outdoors...

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 2:45pm

CryptoLocker is a type of malicious software known as ransomware. Other ransomware may appear to "freeze" your computer until you pay a fee, typically with a credit card, but CryptoLocker is different. It actually encrypts user files (Office documents, PDFs, pictures, etc.) using strong public key encryption, and then stores the private key required to decrypt the files on a remote server controlled by the attacker.

The malware will then usually give the user a short time period (e.g., 72 hours) to pay for the key. There are cases where the payment has been accepted and the files...

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Monday, October 28, 2013 - 2:49pm


It’s well known that tech giants Google and Facebook implement sleek office design and open structures to encourage creativity and collaboration among employees. Now, Dartmouth Computing Services follows this trend with a new location in Hanover’s Four Currier Place that features wall-less work spaces, bright colors, and smart meeting rooms.

For more than ten years, Computing Services staff occupied Dartmouth’s Dewey Field Road building and...

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 1:33pm

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Each week, we'll feature a tip on a different aspect of this important topic.

This week's tip: Cybercrime includes cyberbullying, online stalking, use of malicious software, identify theft, and more.

Learn what to do if you find yourself a victim of cybercrime.


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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 8:01pm

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

This week's security tip: Be wary of how much information you post to social networks. Follow these tips as you stay connected to others online.

See for...

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 1:54pm

Janet St. Martin, Project Lead/Senior Business Analyst describes her career-path, job-fulfillment, and her experience mentoring young women in the WitsOn program.

I took a computer class in high school and really liked it, so when I applied to college, I only looked at places that had computer science majors (which were not that many in my era). In retrospect, I actually had no idea of all the possible careers in the world. I wish I had spent time job-shadowing people in various careers, such as health care, education, business, and retail to get an idea of what was...

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 3:07pm

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Each week, we'll highlight a tip on a different aspect of this important topic. This week's tip: Beware of Botnets.

From the National Cyber Security Alliance:

Botnets are generally networks of computers infected by malware (computer virus, key loggers and other malicious software) and controlled remotely by...

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Information, Technology & Consulting