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February 27, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
The following announcement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) concerns the pilots funded as part of the President's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).  Among the funded pilots that will be featured at RSA Conference is the Internet2...
February 27, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
After months of speculation following the failed attempt of Congress to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, The White House has issued an Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.  President Obama signaled the importance of this action during his State of...
February 26, 2013 | Karen A. Wetzel
Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, testified this morning at the Senate Budget Committee hearing on "The Impact of Federal Investments on People, Communities, and Long-Term Economic Growth." In her opening comments, Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) pointed...
February 26, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
A copyright protection system, enforced by the major Internet service providers (ISPs), went into effect on February 25, 2013.  The Copyright Alert System (CAS), which is a partnership between copyright owners and ISPs, was first announced in 2011, but implementation has been delayed. ...
February 25, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
A new bill mandating Open Access to federally-funded research was just introduced into both houses of Congress.  Entitled the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research ACT (FASTR), it was introduced on February 14, 2013 in the Senate (S. 350) by John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ron Wyden (D-OR),...
February 13, 2013 | Karen A. Wetzel
The 9th Annual State of the Net Conference took place in Washington, D.C. on January 22-23, 2013. The conference, which is planned by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), is "the largest information technology policy conference in the U.S. and the only one with over 50...
February 12, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
Last week, Courseload, an e-text platform provider that has consistently participated in the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 E-Text Pilot Series, announced that it had achieved major progress in making its platform's collaboration functions (e.g., peer and faculty highlighting and annotation) accessible in...
February 12, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
I presented a session entitled "The E-Learning Policy Environment" this January at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (MARC) and just last week at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) 2013 Annual Meeting. In the presentation, I review the factors I see as major drivers of the...
February 12, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
The most recent Lumina Foundation and Gallup report, "America's Call for Higher Education Redesign," was released on February 5, 2013.  The findings suggest that the respondents acknowledge the critical role of postsecondary education in employment and financial stability, but...
February 11, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
As part of Data Privacy Month on January 29, 2013, Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the Director of its Project on Freedom, Security & Technology, briefed EDUCAUSE’s Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers group and the Higher Education...
February 5, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report on February 1, 2013 that says it wants — but is not mandating — makers of mobile operating systems, app developers, and advertisers to be provide "timely, easy-to-understand disclosures about what data they...
January 28, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on helping all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online, kicked off Data Privacy Day 2013 with a forum at the George Washington University Law School, along with Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen...
January 28, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
Google’s Transparency Reports are a semi-annual compilation of requests Google receives from governments around the world for Internet user data. The reports are an effort by Google to keep users informed about the data requests and how often it complies with them. (Note: See this EDUCAUSE...
January 28, 2013 | Kathleen Styles
When I first accepted the position as ED’s Chief Privacy Officer the workload revolved heavily around privacy issues in the K-12 context, especially issues relating the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) and its applicability to State Longitudinal Databases. Recently our office is...
January 28, 2013 | Steven J. McDonald
Probably no statute affects higher education more, but is understood less, than the Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act, or “FERPA,” the primary federal law that regulates how we handle our records about our students. And that is no doubt especially true when it comes to...

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