Information Technology Policies and Standards

Title
Cooperative Computing Internet-based Applications
Type
Policy
Category
Security
Status
Deprecated
Approved
05/12/2004
To Be Reviewed
05/14/2008
Scope
Identifies certain Internet-based applications as inappropriate use of City information technology assets.
Policy
The download, installation and/or use of Internet-based cooperative computing applications (e.g., SETI@Home, GIMPS) on City-owned computers is prohibited. No exceptions shall be granted.
Rationale
"Cooperative computing" applications work by distributing the workload of a large problem (e.g., calculating large prime numbers or analyzing radio signals to search for extraterrestrial intelligence) across the Internet and harnessing the purportedly "unused" computing power of thousands of volunteers' systems.

Without judging the relative merits of these projects or applications, City employees are reminded that City computing resources and network bandwidth are City property, and are intended to be used solely for conducting the official business of the City. Committing City information technology assets to these projects may also be construed as violating Article IX, Section 14 (the "anti-donation clause") of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico.

Also refer to:
  • Administrative Instruction 6-5, "Use of City Property," September 1, 1992.
  • Personnel Rules and Regulations Section 301.12, "City Property."
  • Personnel Rules and Regulations Section 301.15, "Automated Systems."

Contact: Lee Stark, (505) 768-2978