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March 19, 2015 | Jarret Cummings
The FCC recently posted the full text of the network neutrality order it passed in late February. (Please see “FCC Votes to Restore Strong Net Neutrality Protections.”) An outline released after the vote highlighted the “no blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization”...
March 6, 2015 | Jennifer Ortega
On February 27, President Obama released draft legislation, the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015, promoting the use of codes of conduct by companies who want to protect customers’ data privacy and security.
March 6, 2015 | Jennifer Ortega
On February, 26, the Department of Education (ED) released a 10-minute training video and model terms of service
March 6, 2015 | Jennifer Ortega
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...
March 6, 2015 | Jennifer Ortega
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...
March 6, 2015 | Jennifer Ortega
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  organizations experiencing data breaches to notify any individuals whose personally...
March 4, 2015 | Jarret Cummings
(UPDATE, 03/19/15: Please see "Higher Ed/Library Views Impact Final Net Neutrality Order" for information on how higher education/library concerns mentioned below are addressed in the full text of the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order, which was released roughly two weeks after this post.)...
February 13, 2015 | Jennifer Ortega
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’s call to protect the privacy of students in the classroom.
February 12, 2015 | Jennifer Ortega
On February 4, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing, entitled “Building a More Secure Cyber Future: Examining Private Sector Experience
February 2, 2015 | Jennifer Ortega
On January 21, the new Congress quickly stepped into the net neutrality debate. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet and the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on...
February 2, 2015 | Jennifer Ortega
On December 18, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force, 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...
December 30, 2014 | Valerie M. Vogel
As 2014 comes to a close, we would like to highlight some of the HEISC (Higher Education Information Security Council) accomplishments this year.
December 15, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
Congress has passed four cybersecurity bills in the final days of the 113th Congress. The bills largely codify existing federal agency activity, but they are seen as major steps for cybersecurity, representing the first substantial cybersecurity reforms approved by Congress in the past twelve years.
November 17, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On October 28, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force, comprised of the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), held their fifth multi-stakeholder forum on improving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA...
October 31, 2014 | Jarret Cummings
Russ Poulin, Deputy Director of Research and Analysis at WCET, has posted an initial update on the U.S. Department of Education's new gainful employment regulations and the suprising link they include to the department's regulatory efforts on state authorization (http://wcetblog.wordpress....

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