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December 11, 2009 | Anna Gould
If you logged onto your Facebook (FB) account yesterday, you would have received a notification from the company, informing you that their privacy restrictions have changed.  It would have directed you to reexamine your settings and possibly alter them to conform to FB’s latest recommendations.Â...
December 4, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
EDUCAUSE, as a member of the Schools, Health, and Library Broadband Coalition, (SHLB) submitted comments on November 30 to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The comments were in response to a Joint Request for Information (...
October 29, 2009 | Anna Gould
Librarian of Congress James Billington is extending on an interim basis an exemption from the prohibition on circumvention for certain classes of work. In other words, people are still allowed to circumvent technology protections for specific classes of work so long as they "engage in...
October 29, 2009 | Steven Worona
Today, October 29, the Department of Education issued the final regulations related to Peer-to-Peer File Sharing on campus networks, which are unchanged from the proposed regulations posted August 21. The three primary requirements are thus now finalized:
October 23, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
It is often felt that once an issue is memorialized on paper that the real discussion and debate is already over. This may or may not be the case with the Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) that the FCC released yesterday, but it does make one wonder. The Republican Commissioners and AT&T in...
October 14, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
With the FCC poised to vote up or down on opening a rule making proceeding on net neutrality, the old battle lines are being redrawn in the press and advocates and opponents are taking their respective and predictable positions. Meanwhile, in the background, and the back rooms, calm and hopefully...
October 14, 2009 | Anna Gould
Some Senate Republicans are asking FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to tone down his net neutrality proposal. In a letter sent yesterday, eighteen Senators wrote that the suggested regulations would be "counterproductive and risk harming the great advancements in broadband speed and deployment...
October 13, 2009 | Rodney J. Petersen
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a Cyber Security and Broadband Workshop to examine the role of cybersecurity as it develops a National Broadband Plan. According to FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, "Network security is the most critical issue facing our communications...
October 13, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
The Broadband Breakfast Club sponsored an excellent dialogue this morning (October 13) on telehealth. Four doctors, one from the army, one from the veterans’ administration, one regarded as the “father of telehealth”, and one from Kaiser Permanente presented on what it is and why it is good....
October 7, 2009 | Anna Gould
After receiving applications from all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that it has awarded the first round of grants for broadband mapping. The grants are part of the NTIA's State Broadband...
October 2, 2009 | Rodney J. Petersen
National Cyber Security Awareness Month was kicked-off on October 1st at an event held in Washington, D.C., attended by Secretary Napolitano from the Department of Homeland Security and other dignitaries. The event, orchestrated by the National Cyber Security Alliance, brought together partners...
September 29, 2009 | Rodney J. Petersen
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced plans to hold three roundtables that will focus on consumer privacy issues. According to the announcement, the purpose of the series of roundtables are: . . . to explore the privacy challenges posed by the vast array of 21st century technology and...
September 28, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
There were two events on September 25 that demonstrated that the Net Neutrality debate is alive and well, revived by FCC Chairman Genachowski’s speech earlier in the week. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a report, “Designed for Change: End-to-End Arguments,...
September 25, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
The US Broadband Coalition presented its latest progress report to the FCC and to the public on September 24. EDUCAUSE has been a member of the coalition since its inception almost two years ago and has played an active role in both facilitating its work and contributing to its debate. The...
September 24, 2009 | Rodney J. Petersen
Three provisions of the PATRIOT Act set to expire at the end of this year have been the focus of recent hearings and intense policy debates. Critics were anxious to learn whether or not the Obama administration would support their renewal given the privacy and civil liberty concerns that have...