Google / YouTube announced last week that schools may now configure their firewalls to only allow access to YouTube.Edu (engineering courses). This is a HUGE move on Google's part, as they had never allowed any YouTube content to be filtered. It will now be possible to view educational courses, while at the same time preventing folks on your private network from wasting bandwidth of cat herding videos (or worse from a legal vantage point).
I applaud this view, as I hope and expect in the future it will be possible for corporations to selectively enable YouTube content. While I love the service, providing access to all of YouTube can be difficult for many organizations for both legal (think schools and porn) and bandwidth reasons.
Here are some links you may find useful to understand the change:
- Article explaining the change from Wired.Com
- YouTube for Schools Configuration Link | Architecture / Create Account
- YouTube.Edu: Business Courses
- YouTube.Edu: Engineering Courses