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December 20, 2012 | Jarret Cummings
Earlier in the week, I posted a review of the most recent concerns about the accessibility of Google Apps for Education expressed by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). In that piece, I noted the NFB view that "there is no indication yet that Google intends to address accessibility...
December 19, 2012 | Joan Cheverie
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced publication of an Interim Final Rule on identity theft “red flags” that narrows the circumstances under which creditors are covered by the Rule.  The agency originally promulgated the Red Flags Rule in 2007.  In December 2010,...
December 18, 2012 | Jarret Cummings
Via email, Dan Goldstein, outside counsel for the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), was asked to address NFB’s current views on the accessibility of Google Apps for Education. (Thanks go to Terry Thompson, accessibility technology specialist at the University of Washington and immediate...
December 14, 2012 | Jarret Cummings
Comprehensive overviews of accessibility issues that one can still read relatively quickly don’t often appear. However, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has produced just that in its November 2012 report, Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print...
December 11, 2012 | Valerie M. Vogel
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) – December 9-15, 2012 – is a call to action to share information and offer activities that will advocate for computing and elevate computer science education for students at all levels. EDUCAUSE is supporting CSEdWeek because computer science...
December 11, 2012 | Rodney Petersen
EDUCAUSE and Internet2 have initiated an eText Pilot Series in an effort to learn more about the promises of eContent and to influence evolving business models.  During a recent presentation at the Coalition for Networked Information Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C., the EDUCAUSE Policy staff...
November 29, 2012 | Joan Cheverie
Today, November 29, 2012, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would require law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant from a judge before gaining access to the contents of email and other electronic communications stored in the cloud.  The amendment to the Senate version of...
November 28, 2012 | Karen A. Wetzel
Last week, APLU, AAU and The Science Coalition officially re-launched the website www.ScienceWorksForUS.org. This joint project aims to help demonstrate the "tremendous impact that federally funded university-based scientific research has on the nation and on the lives of all Americans."The...
November 26, 2012 | Karen A. Wetzel
The Internet Education Foundation recently announced two new members of its board of directors, Rodney Petersen, Managing Director of the EDUCAUSE Washington Office and a Senior Government Relations Officer, and Daniel J. Weitzner, who is rejoining the board "after an impressive stint at NTIA...
November 20, 2012 | Jarret Cummings
Russ Poulin at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) released a blog post this morning with significant updates on the state of play concerning state authorization. Major topics covered include:
November 14, 2012 | Jarret Cummings
At last year's EDUCAUSE annual conference, EDUCAUSE Policy hosted a panel discussion on technology accessibility for persons with disabilities in higher education. During that session, Dan Goldstein, outside legal counsel for the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), stated that the NFB...
November 14, 2012 | Joan Cheverie
On October 25, 2012, the Register of Copyrights and the Librarian of Congress announced new recommendations for exemptions to Section 1201(a)(1)(A) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Section 1201(a)(1)(A) of the DMCA makes it illegal to circumvent technological controls found in...
November 14, 2012 | Jarret Cummings
The American Council on Education (ACE) announced yesterday a broad effort to evaluate the academic potential of massive open online courses (MOOCs) based on its engagement with the MOOC provider, Coursera. Supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the project...
November 14, 2012 | Rodney Petersen
Now that the Obama administration has maintained control of The White House, the effort is intensifying to establish an Executive Order to establish a cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructures and promote information sharing.  With a politically divided Congress -Republicans...
November 14, 2012 | Rodney Petersen
An event at the National Press Club, "Will US Colleges and Universities Lead or Lag in Education Innovation?", continued to probe how technology will continue to influence the evolution of colleges and universities at a time when the Obama administration is pressuring institutions to reduce...
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