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White House Event Launches Digital Promise (9/16/11)

The White House and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan launched  today “Digital Promise,” a new national center created by Congress with bipartisan support to advance technologies to transform teaching and learning.

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FCC Poised to Reform Subsidy Program to Promote Rural Broadband

In October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to reach a major decision that is intended to promote greater deployment of broadband networks in rural areas of the country. Last month a coalition of six telephone companies (including AT&T and Verizon) reached agreement on a plan that appears to be acceptable to many other parties. The plan’s effect on higher education will vary from one institution to the next.

Does a Campus Need a Social Media Policy?

It depends.  There has been a lot of discussion recently about whether or not college and university campuses need social media policies.  While there do not appear to be any legal mandates for doing so, many institutions of higher education are exploring approaches for managing appropriate social media use by their students, staff, and faculty.  The EDUCAUSE Policy and Analysis team suggests the following framework as institutions consider what they should do.

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National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Announces Draft Strategic Plan

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a draft strategic plan for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and is accepting comments until September 12th. The plan, “Building a Digital Nation,” outlines NICE’s mission, vision, goals and objectives.

Responses to NSTIC Governance Notice of Inquiry

The national program office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) received more than 50 responses in July to the NSTIC Notice of Inquiry (NOI) which sought input from the public on governance. Comments received, including those submitted by EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and InCommon, are available on their website.

NSTIC officials are analyzing the responses and hopes to establish the formal NSTIC steering group in partnership with the private sector by the end of 2011.

Change in Plans for Next NSTIC Workshop on Technologies and Standards

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace held two workshops in June following the launch of the strategy in April:  a Governance workshop in Washington, D.C., and a Privacy workshop at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  They had announced tentative plans for a third workshop on Technologies and Standards to be held in Silicon Valley sometime in the Fall, but they recently informed us that they are planning a couple of related activities to be located with existing events:

EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and InCommon Respond to NOI on NSTIC Governance

EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and InCommon submitted its response to the Notice of Inquiry (NOI) from NIST regarding the Governance of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.  The NOI asked for responses on the following topics:

  • Structure of the Steering Group
  • Steering Group Initiation
  • Representation of Stakeholders in the Steering Group
  • International Dimensions

The comments offered perspectives from the research and education community including the following point of caution:

NSTIC Privacy Workshop Kicks-Off at MIT

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is holding a Privacy Workshop at the MIT Media Lab in Boston.  This workshop will discuss the privacy-enhancing objectives of NSTIC and how to effectively implement them in the Identity Ecosystem Framework, including issues involved with overcoming the challenges of establishing user-centric privacy protections. The goal of this workshop is to provide a venue for discussion about developing workable policies, practices and guidelines for privacy protections as well as effective means of implementing these protections.

You can watch a live stream of the plenary sessions or follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #NSTIC

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EDUCAUSE Letter to Wisconsin Governor and Legislative Leadership Supports Cooperative Approaches to Public Networking

Over the past fifteen years, education and research in colleges and universities have benefited immensely from cooperative local, state, and national networking initiatives that have provided flexible, technologically advanced high-bandwidth networking linking campuses and research organizations. More recently some of these initiatives have encompassed public schools, libraries, hospitals, government offices, and other anchor institutions. This trend, which since its inception has had major participation by commercial network providers and has been a major contributor to US competitiveness, promises to accelerate under the FCC's National Broadband Plan the NTIA's associated Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

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NIST Seeks Input on Steering Group for NSTIC

The National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) has issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on “Models for a Governance Structure for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC)”.  The NOI seeks comments on the structure and processes for Identity Ecosystem governance.   Responses will be used to inform a report that the Department is expected to write by the end of the summer where it will summarize recommendations for establishing the NSTIC Steering Group.  The NOI is also the subject of a Governance Workshop being held this week in Washington, D.C.