Interesting Policy Reads: Distance Learning, Campus Espionage, and a Possible Net Neutrality Vote

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With our "Interesting Policy Reads" blog posts, the EDUCAUSE Policy Office highlights recent articles on federal policy issues and developments that are directly relevant to members or provide insights on higher education policy in general.

  • Data Protection Standards Need To Be Global, Wired, April 29, 2018. (The debate over regulating user data shines a light on the challenges associated with creating a truly global regulatory framework.)
  • Democrats launch net neutrality fight to energize midterm voters, Politico, April 30, 2018. (Senate Democrats are planning to force a floor vote on restoring net neutrality rules repealed by the Trump administration, although the measure is unlikely to succeed.)
  • Online Students Don’t Have to Work Solo, Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2018. (Some online instructors view group projects as a tool to help their virtual students learn and form relationships, but the practice is not without its challenges.)
  • Cutting Off Chinese Researchers, Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2018. (The Trump administration is considering restrictions prohibiting Chinese citizens from participating in certain research at US universities.)
  • Flexibility on Research Transparency, Inside Higher Ed, May 3, 2018. (Although some in the political science community have signed on to new Data Access and Research Transparency guidelines, the American Political Science Association has concerns around the ethics of disclosing data obtained from human subjects.)
  • Security industry braces for vague EU privacy rules, Axios, May 3, 2018. (Some security and privacy experts worry about effects the General Data Protection Regulation will have on certain types of businesses.)
  • Shuttering a Statewide Provider of Online Support, Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2018. (The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium plans to shut down after 20 years, citing a challenging economic landscape.)

Kathryn Branson is an associate with Ulman Public Policy.

© 2018 Kathryn Branson. The text of this work is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License.