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    Change Library default browser to Ecosia

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      The problem I want to Change is:

      Every day hundreds if not thousands of students and staff use the computers on campus. Currently, the default browser is Google, however, it would be more environmentally friendly to use Ecosia.

       

      This is a problem for students because:

      The need to protect our environment is an issue that is constantly expressed by many students and the University itself. With so many students using the library, a simple change like this would provide a positive change for our environment.

       

      To change this, I think RUSU should:

      RUSU should support this idea to get the University to set Ecosia on all of their computers as the default browser.

       

      This will help students because:

      This will do our small part to protect our environment. I'm sure students would be in agreement.

       

      Idea submitted by Paolo Feser

    Democracy & Policy Coordinator
    2:29pm on 23 Mar 21 The following idea went to IFG: Title RUSU to lobby the university to change search engine to Ecosia The problem I want to Change is: Every day significant numbers of students and staff use the computers on campus. Currently, the default browser is Google, however, it would be more environmentally friendly to use Ecosia. This is a problem for students because: Students want to protect the environment. For the University to change its’ default web browser to Ecosia would demonstrate their commitment to protecting the environment and would be a positive change for our environment. To change this, I think RUSU should: Lobby the university to change the default browser on all university owned computers to Ecosia (instead of current browser Google). This will help students because: This will enable students to do their part to protect our environment. The idea went to Student Voice as a camapign: CAMPAIGN IFG noted that the same or similar ideas was previously submitted to Change It (6/03/17 and 25/09/19) but despite lobbying the university for change, RUSU campaign has not been successful at that time. Education Officer contacted University IT department. It was noted that the Sustainability Team had also contacted University IT department to discuss this. It has been raised with Digital Technology services and they think it would be good to put on all campus public facing devices (labs, library etc) but that staff should be given the choice to use it rather than it set as default. The reasons for that are that Bing search is now heavily integrated with Office 365 and therefore it makes it easier for people to search and find their documents etc which would be good to keep. There may also be some compatibility issues but are investigating into the possibility. The idea to make Ecosia the default browser cannot be achieved by RUSU alone so would require campaigning activity.
    Democracy & Policy Coordinator
    2:30pm on 23 Mar 21 This idea passed at Student Voice on the 2nd February and went to an all student vote. In the all student vote it received 11 votes and will not be worked on by RUSU as it did not meet the 200 vote quota.
    Paolo Feser
    10:10am on 7 May 21 Hi, Sorry I hadn't seen this sooner. I see you put it would require a campaigning activity. Can I ask what is specifically meant by that? Is it signatures, protesting, or something like that? You can contact me through my email so I can get notified: paolo.feser@yahoo.com Thank you. Kind regards, Paolo