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We the undersigned say
-NO to the outsourcing of email and calendar services to a private ISP (e.g. Microsoft)
-NO to being forced to store all our data on either an on-campus 'cloud' server or external ones
-NO to having our hard-drives wiped
-NO to losing the minimal admin rights we have to access and use a range of hardware, digital tools and services that can include open source and free software
-NO to losing desktop printers for students and staff members for sensitive research and support services
-NO to the waste in good hardware and other computing equipment as a result of this forced migration policy
-NO to the inadequate privacy provisions for accessing and using cloud data storage services

We do say
-YES to on campus servers that can provide the standard of services, data protection, and IT help that Higher Education institutions rely on and need in a digital age
-YES to being able to access and control how we use our computers, the web, and third party services in accordance with the required standards of privacy for teaching and research
-YES to a better resourced IT Support Services department that can retain staff with the skills and knowledge that we need to support a range of digital tools and platforms
-YES to open access, open source and free software options and the right to decide where we want to store our data, whether on hard-drives or a cloud service
-YES to having a choice in what tools we use for teaching and research, and to how we store our data
- YES to having a say on future decisions affecting teaching, research, and learning in a digital age.

We call upon the Senior Management

1) to review the contract with Microsoft for the MS Office 365 Cloud Email and Calendar services in light of the recent revelations, and
2) to stop the forced Desktop Migration that will deny staff and students the right to exercise discretion on whether or not cloud computing services are suitable for teaching and research

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