Erin found an interesting article about Skype being banned in all/some French universities on Juicee News Daily yesterday…
From the article:
The Skype software uses an encryption algorithm that makes it next to impossible to monitor calls; this is frequently cited as China’s reason for banning the application.
Some media reports have suggested that French authorities are fearful that whilst they were unable to monitor calls made with Skype, they might be monitored by the US.
and then this….
The real reasons behind the ban remains a hot point of debate and controversy, although public opinion in France is not sympathetic to Skype’s new profile. Skype has recently been purchased by eBay, which the French consider a mammoth e-company with questionable practices and a dubious reputation.