Why aren’t my email & website hosted on umd.edu?


As you may have noticed, this website, as well as my contact email (omer@lingsite.org), are hosted on my own domain rather than my employer’s domain.

There are several reasons for this, but the overriding one is a shift in the focus of university IT services from serving the individual to serving the organization. IT policies at universities are increasingly centered around minimizing liability and legal exposure for the organization, at the expense of providing convenient, usable products to the individuals in the organization. (My employer is by no means unique in this regard.)

Fortunately, there are plenty of other solutions (many of them free and/or libre) available to fill this gap, and I have decided to use those, moving forward.