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EDUCAUSE Policy in 2014
EDUCAUSE Policy in 2014
Last October, EDUCAUSE posted an update on the evolution of our policy work. Now that we are well into 2014, we wanted to provide members and other stakeholders with information on our progress.
Since the previous update, EDUCAUSE has secured consulting services in public policy and government relations to help us address a diverse array of federal issues, including the following:
- We participated in a joint letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on its efforts to reestablish net neutrality rules following January’s court ruling overturning the previous regulations. Our work on the issue remains ongoing, with the addition of further joint comments and direct engagement with the FCC in progress.
- We conducted outreach to congressional, agency, and association staff to determine the impact on campus networks of an appropriations act provision regarding porn filtering.
- EDUCAUSE continues to track major cybersecurity developments and their potential implications for higher education. (For example, please see our posts on the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, the Personal Data Privacy Act, and the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act.)
- We also continue to follow distance education regulatory developments that could impact the viability of online learning programs nationwide.
- EDUCAUSE is working with other higher education associations to understand and address the potential for renewed legislative action on accessibility standards for digital instructional materials.
- We are engaged with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on its plans for possible further outreach to colleges and universities on cybersecurity concerns.
- And EDUCAUSE is actively exploring the implications of a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) / National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) review of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice-and-takedown requirements.
Thus, EDUCAUSE remains actively involved in federal policy and regulatory affairs, both individually as well as in conjunction with the overall higher education community.
We will continue to update the community on our policy efforts as well as leverage member knowledge and expertise in responding to policy issues. In the meantime, if you have thoughts or questions about EDUCAUSE policy activities, please contact me, Jarret Cummings, Director of Policy and External Relations (email@example.com).
Related Note: In the October update cited above, EDUCAUSE announced the new IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Program and its relationship to EDUCAUSE policy efforts. For more information about IT GRC, visit the IT GRC webpage or contact Joanna Grama, Director of DRA Operations, IT GRC and Cybersecurity Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org).