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January is Data Privacy Month
You know the importance of protecting personal identities and the effects social media can have on privacy, but does everyone on your campus? In 2013, during the month of January, EDUCAUSE expanded on Data Privacy Day to provide an entire month’s worth of activities and resources to help raise data privacy awareness. Visit the EDUCAUSE Data Privacy Month page for examples of campus activities, as well as archived recordings of several privacy-related webinars.
Privacy in a Networked Environment
With the explosive growth of electronic networks and wide accessibility of online information, EDUCAUSE members -- along with many other higher education constituencies -- are dealing with a formidable set of privacy issues. A key set of issues revolves around the handling of student information, which under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 enjoys special protection.
Other Sources of Information about Online Privacy
- Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties organization working in the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, and access to public resources and information in new media.
- Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research center in Washington, D.C., established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy.
- Privacy Forum, a moderated digest for the discussion and analysis of issues relating to the general topic of privacy (both personal and collective) in the "information age" of the 1990's and beyond.
- Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), a public-interest alliance of computer scientists and others interested in the impact of computer technology on society.
Updated July 2013
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Federal Privacy Law
- Surge in Retiring CIOs and Open Source in Higher Ed
July 30, 2013
I read an article recently in Campus Technology citing predictions that 25% of higher education CIOs will retire within the next five years and 50% in the next 10 years. This means that withi…
- The Connected Learning Environment in Higher Education
July 30, 2013
“The ‘e’ in e-learning initially meant electronic. Now it means everyone and everywhere. It means effective and engaged experiences. It means experiential. Now we’re talking about the con…
- CIOs, Leadership, and MOOCs
July 29, 2013
Many in the higher education community are excited about the opportunities presented by new learning modalities, particularly MOOCs. On many campuses, CIOs are part of the conversation about MO…
- What We Learned at the Inaugural Breakthrough Models Academy
July 24, 2013
“What a week!” That was what one member of the inaugural Breakthrough Models Academy posted to the group listserv as the participants dispersed. We had just spent an intensive week toge…
- Fishing Where the Fish Are: Adding Facebook to the Learning Management Platform Mix
July 23, 2013
By Sidneyeve Matrix To increase student engagement with course materials and classmates, some higher ed faculty are making Facebook a platform of choice. In her Anatomy and Physiology …
- How Can IT Add Value in the Connected Age?
July 22, 2013
EDUCAUSE is exploring the concept of “connectedness” as a lens for understanding IT’s strategic role as an integral component of higher education. Technology enables pervasive and continuou…
- EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, Day 3: An Eye on Today, an Eye on Tomorrow
July 18, 2013
On the third and final day of the EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, the conversation turned to “Creating the IT Architecture for the Connected Age,” after hearing about IT as a force of change on the fir…
- EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, Day 2: The Ways We Learn
July 18, 2013
Higher education has been living with various forms of nonresidential teaching and learning for a long time. Beginning with correspondence courses as long ago as 1728 and moving into other media …
- EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, Day 1: Of Higher Education and Gateways
July 18, 2013
In the debate about recreational drugs, an oft-heard argument is that certain substances, while perhaps not terribly dangerous in their own right, should nonetheless be avoided because they have …
- xMOOC Communities Should Learn From cMOOCs
July 11, 2013
For those that may be unfamiliar with the terminology, xMOOCs is a term used to refer to the current breed of elite hyper-centralized Coursera- and Udacity-style MOOCs. The term distinguishes the…