Thursday, August 5, 2010

Where Science Meets Law?

The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) was the first place we went to for advice on our pet project for bar operations. The ASTI is a research institute that is part of the DOST, which aims to "conduct scientific research and development in the advanced fields of Information and Communications Technology and Microelectronics." (find out more about ASTI through their website.)

I won't pretend to be an expert on technical stuff so I won't try to explain what they tried to explain to us. I was just amused with the experience of sitting through a meeting where two parties from different fields (science and law, can you imagine?) were trying to get past barriers in communication. And I found it equally amusing that somehow in the midst of all that nosebleed-inducing technical stuff, I think I understood how exactly they could help us with the project.

ASTI has the equipment, the manpower, and the technical expertise which we need to get a livestream/download system set up at whichever venue we opt to hold the Saturday night lectures in. All we need is a dedicated supply of bandwidth, which we still have to see if the hotel can provide, since we don't intend to hold the lectures anywhere else.

Although, another issue is how to make sure that only UP Law bar takers will have access to this? We could set up a different website and create accounts for all of the candidates to limit access. But that seems to be too much trouble for what it's worth. There has to be a better way.

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