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 (lingsite.org), rather than on my employer’s domain.

There are several reasons for this, but the overriding one is the shift of 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 free (and/or libre) services available to fill this gap, and I have made the decision to use those moving forward.