Talking about public values
With a series of online seminars for administrators in education and research, SURF is initiating the discussion about how we as a sector can join forces to protect public values in ICT. We look back on the first three meetings with Yvonne de Haan of the HAN, a participant in the seminar.
Value Framework for education and research
The ongoing digital transformation in education offers many advantages, but at the same time, it puts critical public values under pressure. This trend is increasing the need to re-examine public values, for example in terms of privacy, security, reliability, transparency, autonomy and democratic decision-making.
Reaction to the open letter "Moving to the Cloud, look before you leap"
We share the concerns expressed in ACCSS's open letter. SURF has been discussing them with its members for some time now and is taking action in various ways.
Public organisations call attention to the Dutch Parliament for public access to information and public control of digitisation
Both subjects must be high on the government's agenda. In a letter to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Digital Affairs (DiZa), various organisations, including SURF, point out the urgency of this task.
AP advice: Google Workspace in education poses too many risks
The Dutch Personal Data Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, AP) has stated that it is unclear whether personal data in Google Workspace (formerly Google Suite for Education) is sufficiently protected.
SURF and public values
Since its establishment, SURF has been guided by important public values such as accessibility, reliability, freedom of choice, and privacy. How are these values intertwined with SURF's activities?
Gather or be devoured
During the SURF Education Days 2019, Christien Bok (impulse manager for educational innovation at SURF) gave a keynote in which she called on higher education to quickly reach agreements on open standards. To prevent being devoured by the big platforms and the Big Five.
A long-term vision of public values
Educational institutions are faced with a dilemma: how do they safeguard public values in the face of the massive use of commercial platforms for online education? Karen Maex (UvA), José van Dijck (UU) and Christien Bok (SURF) consider possible solutions.