EDUCAUSE | Policy Update Blog Feed http://www.educause.edu/taxonomy/term/33468 en EDUCAUSE | Policy Update Blog Feed http://www.educause.edu/taxonomy/term/33468 http://www.educause.edu/sites/all/themes/educause/images/e_rss.png Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on HEA Reauthorization http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/senate-help-committee-holds-hearing-hea-reauthorization <p><em>Jen Ortega serves as a consultant to EDUCAUSE on federal policy and government relations. She has worked with EDUCAUSE since 2013 and assists with monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals across a range of policy areas, including cybersecurity, data privacy, e-learning, and accessibility.</em></p><p>&#160;</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/senate-help-committee-holds-hearing-hea-reauthorization" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:10:54 +0000 332526 at http://www.educause.edu Senate ESEA Amendment Calls for Student Privacy Commission http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/senate-esea-amendment-calls-student-privacy-commission <p class="smoky">Summary: (July 21, 2015) The Senate recently passed its Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act. It includes an amendment calling for the formation of a commission to study how to update federal student privacy laws and regulations in light of contemporary technologies and related issues. Such an effort would likely impact student privacy requirements at the higher education level as well. So, even though the prospects for a final ESEA bill to take shape and become law are unclear, the possibility that a student privacy commission could emerge from it makes this year&#39;s ESEA reauthorization of greater than usual interest to higher education.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/senate-esea-amendment-calls-student-privacy-commission" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:56:02 +0000 332330 at http://www.educause.edu Non-Distance Ed. State Authorization Regs. Still Impact Distance Ed. http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/non-distance-ed-state-authorization-regs-still-impact-distance-ed <p class="smoky">Summary: U.S. Department of Education (ED) regulations governing the state authorization that institutions have to have to participate in federal student aid programs took effect on July 1, 2015. Those regulations only address authorization by states in which an institution is physically located; regulations specific to state authorization of distance education remain on hold. The regulations now in force still have implications for distance education, though; they require an institution to provide its students, including distance education students, with information on where they can go in their states of residence (not just the state in which the institution is physically located) to file a complaint against the institution if needed.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/non-distance-ed-state-authorization-regs-still-impact-distance-ed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:45:03 +0000 331841 at http://www.educause.edu Net Neutrality Rules Take Effect http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/net-neutrality-rules-take-effect <p>As reported by numerous media outlets (for examples, see <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/court-denies-requests-to-keep-new-internet-rules-from-taking-effect-on-friday/?_r=0">here</a> and <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2015/06/12/court-denies-net-neutrality-stay-as-rules-take-effect/">here</a>) as well as the <a href="https://www.fcc.gov/document/chairmans-statement-court-denying-stay-fcc-open-internet-rules">Federal Communications Commission</a> itself, a federal court denied the request to block the FCC from enforcing its network neutrality rules pending the outcome of the cases filed to overturn them. As a result, the rules, which the FCC approved in February and released in March, took effect on Friday, June 12, 2015.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/net-neutrality-rules-take-effect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:49:39 +0000 330387 at http://www.educause.edu Legislation Introduced to Help Public Track Success of Students in Higher Ed Institutions http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/legislation-introduced-help-public-track-success-students-higher-ed-institutions <p>House and Senate versions of the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act (<a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2518/all-actions?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Student+Right+Know+Before+you+Act%22%5D%7D">H.R. 2518</a> and <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1195?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Student+Right+Know+Before+you+Act%22%5D%7D">S. 1195</a>) have been introduced in Congress with the intent of providing potential and current students, parents, and the general public with information on student learning outcomes at individual colleges and universities. It would require institutions of higher education (IHEs) to gather data on average student earnings post-graduation; graduation rates for first-time, full-time/part-time, and transfer students; student loan debt information for graduates and students who do not complete their programs; and whether a student pursues higher levels of post-secondary education.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/legislation-introduced-help-public-track-success-students-higher-ed-institutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:11:51 +0000 330128 at http://www.educause.edu Information Sharing Legislation Moves in Both Chambers of Congress http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/information-sharing-legislation-moves-both-chambers-congress <p>Three bills have been introduced in Congress that are intended to improve information sharing on cybersecurity threats and analysis between the public and private sector. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has introduced <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/754?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22s754%5C%22%22%5D%7D">S. 754</a>, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). The Protecting Cyber Networks Act, <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1560?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22hr1560%5C%22%22%5D%7D">H.R. 1560</a>, was introduced by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), while Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1731?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22hr1731%5C%22%22%5D%7D">H.R. 1731</a>, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/information-sharing-legislation-moves-both-chambers-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 23:10:12 +0000 330123 at http://www.educause.edu Data Breach Notification Legislation on the Agenda for 114th Congress http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/data-breach-notification-legislation-agenda-114th-congress <p>Data breach notification is a hot issue in Washington, DC, with multiple bills introduced in Congress. On April 14, 2015, Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1770/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+1770%22%5D%7D">H.R. 1770</a>, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015, which would require organizations to implement reasonable and appropriate cybersecurity measures and notify customers when personally identifiable information (PII) has been or may have been compromised.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/data-breach-notification-legislation-agenda-114th-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 23:09:00 +0000 330122 at http://www.educause.edu Congress Seeks Proposals for New Student Privacy Legislation, FERPA Updates http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/congress-sees-proposals-new-student-privacy-legislation-ferpa-updates <p>On April 29, Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015, <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2092?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22hr2092%5C%22%22%5D%7D">H.R. 2092</a>. Focused on elementary and secondary education, this bill would prohibit the selling of student information to third parties, using student information for targeted advertising, or creating personal profiles of students unless it is done for school-related purposes. Parents would also have the right to look at, correct, and/or delete any information collected about their child.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/congress-sees-proposals-new-student-privacy-legislation-ferpa-updates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 23:06:50 +0000 330121 at http://www.educause.edu TEACH Act Update http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/teach-act-update <p>Last October, I <a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/higher-ed-raises-concerns-works-proponents-teach-act">posted</a> about the agreement between higher education associations (including EDUCAUSE), the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to develop a compromise version of the Technology, Equality, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH) Act. Since that time, the goal of our effort has been to design a bill that will lead to voluntary guidelines for accessible postsecondary instructional materials and related technologies while avoiding the concerns generated by the original bill (which I discuss in my earlier post).</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/teach-act-update" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:21:33 +0000 330108 at http://www.educause.edu Let's Get Ready for NCSAM 2015 http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/lets-get-ready-ncsam-2015 <p><img alt="NCSAM 2014" src="http://www.educause.edu/sites/default/files/ncsam_linkedin_icon.jpg" style="width: 75px; height: 75px; float: right;" /><a href="http://www.educause.edu/focus-areas-and-initiatives/policy-and-security/cybersecurity-initiative/community-engagement/security-awareness">National Cyber Security Awareness Month</a> is just a few months away. Summer is the perfect time to start planning events and activities for your campus. Join EDUCAUSE and <a href="http://www.staysafeonline.org">NCSA</a> as we celebrate the 12th annual NCSAM this October.</p><p>Here are a few ways you can show your support and help us make NCSAM 2015 the most successful yet!</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/lets-get-ready-ncsam-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 22:26:57 +0000 330034 at http://www.educause.edu FCC to Rule on Auto-Text/Auto-Call Liability http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/fcc-rule-auto-textauto-call-liability <p><em>(EDUCAUSE telecommunications policy advisor, John Windhausen of Telepoly Consulting, provided the primary content for this post.)</em></p><p>The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to adopt a ruling on June 18 to limit &#8220;robocalls&#8221; placed by automated dialers as well as to address a variety of other issues about telemarketing calls.&#160;The FCC is authorized to protect consumers against such calls by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which Congress passed in 1991. One of the issues that the FCC may address is whether educational institutions - such as EDUCAUSE members - are potentially liable when they auto-call or auto-text someone who has not given prior consent to receiving such communications. This can happen if a student or parent initially provides a mobile phone number and agrees to those communications, but then drops the number and it is subsequently re-assigned to another consumer. &#160;</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/fcc-rule-auto-textauto-call-liability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 19:40:36 +0000 329962 at http://www.educause.edu EDUCAUSE Submits Comments to NIST on Special Publication 800-171 http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/educause-submits-comments-nist-special-publication-800-171 <p>On May 12, EDUCAUSE submitted <a href="http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/nistmay122015.pdf">comments</a> to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) regarding its <a href="http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts/800-171/sp800_171_draft.pdf">final public draft</a> of <em>Special Publication 800-171: Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations</em>, which was issued on April 2, 2015. The guidance is intended to provide federal agencies with guidelines for securing unclassified federal information being held in nonfederal information systems. The guidance covers all unclassified information that is being held by non-federal entities and is still subject to government controls for security, technology, or economic reasons.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/educause-submits-comments-nist-special-publication-800-171" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:25:44 +0000 329954 at http://www.educause.edu EDUCAUSE Submits Comments on NTIA’s Potential Multi-stakeholder Process to Boost Cybersecurity http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/educause-submits-comments-ntia%E2%80%99s-potential-multi-stakeholder-process-boost-cybersecurity <p>On March 13, the U.S. Department of Commerce&#8217;s Internet Policy Task Force (the IPTF or Task Force) published a <a href="http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/cybersecurity_rfc_03192015.pdf">request for comment</a> (RFC) seeking public input on cybersecurity issues facing the digital economy. The ITPF is composed of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the International Trade Administration (ITA).</p><p>&#160;</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/educause-submits-comments-ntia%E2%80%99s-potential-multi-stakeholder-process-boost-cybersecurity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:24:55 +0000 329953 at http://www.educause.edu Higher Ed/Library Views Impact Final Net Neutrality Order http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/higher-edlibrary-views-impact-final-net-neutrality-order <p>The FCC recently posted the <a href="http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-releases-open-internet-order">full text</a> of the network neutrality order it passed in late February. (Please see &#8220;<a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/fcc-votes-restore-strong-net-neutrality-protections">FCC Votes to Restore Strong Net Neutrality Protections</a>.&#8221;) An <a href="http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-strong-sustainable-rules-protect-open-internet">outline</a> released after the vote highlighted the &#8220;no blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization&#8221; rules that the order would impose. While those align with the views of the higher education/libraries coalition in which EDUCAUSE serves as a core member, the coalition looked forward to seeing if the order would address the other concerns it raised. And the order does.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/higher-edlibrary-views-impact-final-net-neutrality-order" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:03:06 +0000 327037 at http://www.educause.edu President Releases Draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/president-releases-draft-consumer-privacy-bill-rights <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.3800000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-50cdda9a-f157-7879-63e2-b8bbe89dd4bf"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On February 27, President Obama released draft legislation, the </span><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/legislative/letters/cpbr-act-of-2015-discussion-draft.pdf"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, promoting the use of codes of conduct by companies who want to protect customers&#8217; data privacy and security.</span></span></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/president-releases-draft-consumer-privacy-bill-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:07:03 +0000 326499 at http://www.educause.edu ED Releases Guidance, Training Video on Protecting Student Privacy in Online Services http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/ed-releases-guidance-training-video-protecting-student-privacy-online-services <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.3800000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b617aa9-f156-1f16-c6dd-f0ae3a3579f3"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On February, 26, the Department of Education (ED) released a 10-minute training </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deo2F19DK_o"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">video</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> and model terms of service </span><a href="http://ptac.ed.gov/sites/default/files/TOS_Guidance_Jan%202015_0.pdf"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseli</a></span></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/ed-releases-guidance-training-video-protecting-student-privacy-online-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:05:39 +0000 326498 at http://www.educause.edu President’s Budget Allocates $14 billion for Cybersecurity http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/president%E2%80%99s-budget-allocates-14-billion-cybersecurity <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.3800000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b617aa9-f155-4859-c028-71ea8f236993"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On February 2, President Obama released his $4 trillion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016 in which he called for a 10 percent increase in cybersecurity spending to better protect federal and private sector networks from cyberthreats. The budget includes $14 billion for U.S. cybersecurity systems, research, technology, and investigators &#8211; an increase of $1.5 billion from Fiscal Year 2015.</span></span></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/president%E2%80%99s-budget-allocates-14-billion-cybersecurity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:04:42 +0000 326497 at http://www.educause.edu President Issues EO Promoting Cyber Threat Information Sharing, Congress Considering Legislation http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/president-issues-eo-promoting-cyber-threat-information-sharing-congress-considering-legislation <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.3800000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b617aa9-f152-ba73-9935-58665309fa21"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Information sharing on cyber threats between the public and private sector is a major issue for both Congress and the Obama Administration this year. Legislation has already been introduced in Congress, and the executive branch is working to implement a new executive order issued by the president to encourage sharing of cyber threat indicators.</span></span></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/president-issues-eo-promoting-cyber-threat-information-sharing-congress-considering-legislation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:01:56 +0000 326496 at http://www.educause.edu Congress and White House Push for Federal Data Breach Notification Legislation http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/congress-and-white-house-push-federal-data-breach-notification-legislation <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.3800000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b617aa9-f151-80be-0372-8ba35992fc34"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Data breach notification has been at the forefront of the agenda for the new Congress as well as the executive branch in 2015. Both Democrats and Republicans alike are calling for federal standards requiring &#160;organizations experiencing data breaches to notify any individuals whose personally &#160;identifiable information (PII) may have been accessed &#160;during a breach.</span></span></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/congress-and-white-house-push-federal-data-breach-notification-legislation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:00:38 +0000 326495 at http://www.educause.edu FCC Votes to Restore Strong Net Neutrality Protections http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/fcc-votes-restore-strong-net-neutrality-protections <p class="smoky">(UPDATE, 03/19/15: Please see &#34;<a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/higher-edlibrary-views-impact-final-net-neutrality-order">Higher Ed/Library Views Impact Final Net Neutrality Order</a>&#34; for information on how higher education/library concerns mentioned below are addressed in the full text of the FCC&#39;s 2015 Open Internet Order, which was released roughly two weeks after this post.)</p><p>As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a new Open Internet Order last week on a 3-2 vote, with all Democratic Commissioners voting in favor and both Republicans opposed. The Order establishes network neutrality rules that will keep the major retail broadband providers from pursuing practices that would seriously disadvantage higher education online. The major providers, however, will work to overturn the FCC&#8217;s action in Congress and the courts.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/fcc-votes-restore-strong-net-neutrality-protections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:46:30 +0000 326344 at http://www.educause.edu President Pushes Student Digital Privacy Act http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/president-pushes-student-digital-privacy-act <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-50cdda9a-f158-6bbf-fbea-65f7429f703a"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On January 12, President Obama unveiled the Student Digital Privacy Act, which is legislation meant to safeguard student data at the K-12 level. Announced along with several cybersecurity initiatives, the act reflects the president&#8217;s call to protect the privacy of students in the classroom.</span></span></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/president-pushes-student-digital-privacy-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:05:51 +0000 325607 at http://www.educause.edu Senate Holds Hearing on NIST Cybersecurity Framework http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/senate-holds-hearing-nist-cybersecurity-framework <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b617aa9-f153-7366-bdbf-7e620c4e4f65"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On February 4, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a&#160;</span><a href="http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&amp;ContentRecord_id=eb8d0d69-bf71-4052-9675-ad6d4c507782&amp;ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&amp;Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">hearing</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, entitled &#8220;Building a More Secure Cyber Future: Examining Private Sector Experience</span></span></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/senate-holds-hearing-nist-cybersecurity-framework" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:24:51 +0000 325561 at http://www.educause.edu New Congress Holds Hearings, Introduces Net Neutrality Legislation http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/new-congress-holds-hearings-introduces-net-neutrality-legislation <p>On January 21, the new Congress quickly stepped into the net neutrality debate. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee&#8217;s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet and the House Energy and Commerce Committee&#8217;s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held separate hearings, both of which focused on the Federal Communications Commission&#8217;s (FCC) upcoming Open Internet Rules and new legislation recently introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Representative Fred Upton (R-MI).</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/new-congress-holds-hearings-introduces-net-neutrality-legislation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 23:19:37 +0000 325040 at http://www.educause.edu DMCA Notice and Takedown Multi-stakeholder Forum Continues its Efforts http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/dmca-notice-and-takedown-multi-stakeholder-forum-continues-its-efforts <p>On December 18, the Department of Commerce&#8217;s <a href="http://www.uspto.gov/ip/global/copyrights/">Internet Policy Task Force</a>, composed of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), held its sixth stakeholder meeting to identify improvements to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act&#8217;s notice-and-takedown process that affected parties could adopt on a voluntary basis. The meeting was held in Alexandria, Virginia.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/dmca-notice-and-takedown-multi-stakeholder-forum-continues-its-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 23:18:56 +0000 325038 at http://www.educause.edu HEISC Update: 2014 Accomplishments and 2015 Priorities http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/heisc-update-2014-accomplishments-and-2015-priorities <p>As 2014 comes to a close, we would like to highlight some of the HEISC (Higher Education Information Security Council) accomplishments this year.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/heisc-update-2014-accomplishments-and-2015-priorities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:43:35 +0000 323010 at http://www.educause.edu