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January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
A three-judge panel on January 14 struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rule. The regulation stated that broadband providers cannot favor certain internet services or programs over another. This prohibition ranges from variance in rates for certain services to the...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
California's Do-Not-Track Law in Effect
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
Last August, President Obama outlined his policy agenda for higher education. The plan called for new ways to address rising college costs by making more data on the performance of higher education institutions available, developing new methods to improve education and lower costs, and reducing...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On November 15, Representative Tom Petri (R-WI) introduced legislation requiring all universities and postsecondary educational facilities make all electronic instructional materials used in their classrooms accessible to students with disabilities. If ultimately passed, the Technology, Equality,...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On November 20, 2013, the Department of Education announced in the Federal Register its intent to create a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to prepare proposed regulations to address program integrity and improvement issues for the Title IV Federal Student Aid programs. The announcement cited...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
In light of the Target consumer data breach, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reintroduced on January 8 a bill he originally authored in 2005, S. 1897, the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2014. The bill would require companies that maintain personal data to establish and implement internal...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On January 15, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies passed the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, H.R. 3696. The legislation is intended to help protect the...
January 23, 2014 | Jennifer Ortega
On October 29, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) introduced their Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity.
October 30, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
Federal and campus-level policy issues impacting IT in higher education were hot topics at EDUCAUSE 2013. The Security Privacy, and Compliance and Data/Information Access and Management domains featured many related sessions.Session Recordings
July 31, 2013 | Rodney Petersen
A frequent dilemma that confronts organizations that collect and use information in the Connected Age is the question of who owns the data in the organization’s possession.   Colleges and universities collect and use personally identifiable information (PII), academic content...
June 24, 2013 | Rodney Petersen
The 2013 Top-10 IT Issues list reflects the most current and pressing topics in higher education technology. The issues will likely come as no surprise to you, and are topics that EDUCAUSE has been focusing on in its programs this past year and beyond. Topics such as “improving student...
June 19, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
The real, near-term impact of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) trend has begun to emerge. In response to the rapidly growing awareness and acceptance of online learning that MOOCs have generated among policy-makers and the general public, senior leaders of traditional colleges and universities...
June 11, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
The Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have collaborated to offer a plan to expand public access to research.  The plan, called Shared Access to Research Ecosystem (SHARE), is...
June 11, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
As previously reported, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently revived the regulatory process it began last summer to address financial aid fraud concerns related to distance education and expanded it to resurrect the department’s previously overturned distance education state...
June 11, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
In October 2012, Judge Harold Baer of the U.S. District Court in New York ruled in favor of the HathiTrust Digital Library (HDL) and its university partners in a copyright infringement suit brought by the Authors Guild (AG) and other groups. In his ruling the judge dismissed the AG’s...

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