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Senate Bill Aims to Strengthen National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center

On June 24, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE), introduced S. 2519, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Act of 2014.  The bill aims to codify the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) role as the hub for the public and private sector information sharing on the fight against cyber threats. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved the legislation on June 25, the day after the bill was introduced.

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USPTO and NTIA Continue Efforts to Reform DMCA Notice-Takedown Process

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) continue to conduct meetings with stakeholders to discuss possible improvements to the notice and takedown process required under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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House Republicans Look to Block FCC Action on Net Neutrality

Republicans in the House of Representatives are attempting to limit the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ability to act on network neutrality.

On May 28, Representative Bob Latta (R-OH) introduced H.R. 4752, which would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reclassifying Internet service providers (ISP) as common carrier services. According to Latta, reclassification would result in heavy regulations for the industry, destroying competition and innovation.

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Senate and House Preparing for Higher Ed Reauthorization

At the end of June, both Senate Democrats and House Republicans began drafting and introducing legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which was most recently reauthorized in 2008. The proposed bills incorporate various measures designed to hold higher education institutions accountable for rising tuition costs and supplying students with reliable and accurate information regarding student loans, federal student aid, and other relevant data. The two chambers and political parties are tackling the issues using very different strategies, however.

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EDUCAUSE Advances Net Neutrality Principles, Positions

Summary: Earlier this year, the FCC launched a new net neutrality rule-making process to restore protections lost when its previous rules were overturned. EDUCAUSE joined with several higher education and library organizations to propose principles on which the FCC should base its new rules, as well as to submit comments indicating the shape the rules might take given the principles. The FCC will accept responses to initial public comments through September 10; EDUCAUSE and its partners will work during this period to generate responses supporting our principles and positions.

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ELI Podcast: New Syndication Methods

In this podcast with Alisa Cooper, faculty member at Glendale Community College, we discuss how new syndication methods support learning.


Syndication is the process by which content from a single source is distributed in multiple other venues. Web syndication applies the principles of discovery and distribution to the online environment, with more producers of information, more formats for content, and more channels of distribution. Syndication in this context encompasses both the production and consumption of content, and a growing number of web users take advantage of web syndication to organize and filter content from social media, blogs, news, and other sources.

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Hoisted by My Own Petard

This will be my final post in the “Got a Minute?” blog series: I am wrapping up my time as EDUCAUSE Presidential Fellow. I’ll spare everyone (including me!) the long goodbye; it has been a privilege and an honor to serve in this role advising EDUCAUSE President Diana Oblinger, the staff of this wonderful association, and my colleagues and friends in the membership. I thought, in parting, to leave you with the following story, hoping that it will have value as a cautionary tale. We do live in challenging times. See you around the campus.

Back in December 2013, I wrote a blog post titled “Risk and Compliance: The Threat of Mission Not Accomplished.” Little did I know I was foreshadowing my future. Quoting myself:

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What will be the next wave of classroom technology?

By Jonathan Blake Huer, Director of Emerging Technologies, Ball State University

At orientation this past week, I was talking with an incoming freshman and her family about an app we’re working on "for students with smartphones." Her 16-year-old brother's immediate reply was, "who doesn't have a smartphone?" It's hard to believe, but today’s incoming freshmen were going into 7th grade when the iTunes App Store launched. So now that apparently "everyone" has a smartphone, it begs the question of "what's next?"

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The Space Between—and the Secret of Scale

Understanding how best to scale information technology is a challenge facing all segments of higher education, but perhaps the campus area most critically affected is administrative/enterprise systems.

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Let's Get Ready for NCSAM 2014

NCSAM 2014National Cyber Security Awareness Month is just 3 months away. Have you started planning events and activities for your campus yet? Join EDUCAUSE and NCSA as we celebrate the 11th annual NCSAM this October.

We've gathered resources that can be adapted by your institution:

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FCC Considering Regulating Municipal Broadband Network Projects

On June 10, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a blog post encouraging consumer advocacy groups and individuals to file comments on whether or not a Tennessee state law prohibiting municipalities from investing in broadband network projects actually hinders competition and hurts economic growth in their communities. The blog post may be a signal that the agency intends to issue regulations that would allow municipalities to invest in the broadband development projects regardless of any current or future state or local laws to the contrary.

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Circuit Court Issues Decision in HathiTrust Digital Library Case

On June 10, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit determined in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust that the HathiTrust Digital Library constitutes a “fair use” of copyrights works, largely upholding the 2012 dismissal of the case by the U.S. District Court in New York.  EDUCAUSE filed an amicus brief to the Second Circuit with other higher education associations and issued a policy brief outlining the importance of the case.

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Sloan-C, UPCEA, and WCET Send Letter to ED on State Authorization

In a June 13 letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) set forth their joint stance on the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) proposal on “state authorization for distance learning.” ED is expected to release the regulations based on the proposal for public comment this summer.

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Five Things to Read About Higher Education Online Learning Programs

Big news this week for all Starbucks customers: They will now compete for their local baristas’ attention, which will be focused on signing up for their new online classes. As most have heard by now, Starbucks will provide free college tuition to thousands of workers (New York Times, June 16, 2014). While this is a big deal for those involved, the offer of an education-paid benefit by a corporation isn’t new. What's different with this partnership is the stipulation that the courses be taken online. Below we've compiled five recent resources on what's happening in the world of online education in higher education.

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Future Slant: Analytics

Diana Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney

This is the second in a blog series describing five “metatrends,” drawn from a review of articles in industry IT press, that affect CIOs in all IT sectors.:

Each post in the Future Slant blog will describe one of these trends, suggesting implications for higher education.

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The CIO Pipeline, Part 3: Being Strategic about Plumbing

This is the final entry in a three-post series related to the CIO Pipeline Challenge. Part 1 raised the potential of a “fracturing” of the CIO role into component parts (strategist and plumber), and Part 2 addressed the need to broaden CIO recruitment efforts by infusing more academics (faculty) into the pipeline.

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Scale

If you’re a CIO or other senior level IT leader and you’re not actively looking to get out of the IT business, chances are you’re not doing your job right.
 
Economic challenges are driving systematic changes in higher education. Some might call it outsourcing and others might refer to it as shared services. For far too many, those words can refer to a loss of control and autonomy that appears disruptive to organizations, as it potentially leads to the loss of both service quality and jobs. At the University of Texas, over 100 faculty members signed a petition objecting to a University plan to consolidate common administrative functions – IT included – in order to save millions of dollars annually.

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Dale Askey On Digital Scholarship and the Library

Dale Askey is the Associate University Librarian for Library and Learning Technologies, at McMaster University. He also serves as Administrative Director of the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.

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Challenges of Scale

Diana Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney
 
Higher education information technology is shaped by trends in the academy—and in information technology. Well-recognized issues in higher education include affordability, productivity, college completion, and workforce development, to name a few. At the same time, IT capabilities and service models are changing rapidly, independent of sector. These changes create additional pressures on CIOs and IT departments.
 
To help higher education IT professionals better understand how the CIO role is evolving, this series of blog posts will describe five “metatrends,” drawn from a review of articles in industry IT press.

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Senators Introduced Bill to Overhaul Federal Student Privacy Law

On May 14, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Edward Markey (D-MA) released draft legislation that would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, or FERPA, to increase regulation of students’ personal and private information that has been or may be accessed by private companies. The draft bill, entitled the Protecting Student Privacy Act of 2014, was issued in response to recent changes in the interpretation of FERPA—changes that allowed schools and educational institutions to increase the sharing of student data with outside companies. The bill will largely address the K-12 space, but postsecondary institutions should remain aware of these changes and consider future implications for their own practices.

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