Article Educational digitisation requires protection of public values
In this article, Iris Huis in 't Veld, Advisor for Educational Innovation and Public Values at SURF, and Bart Bosma, Advisor for Information Security at SURF, argue that public values such as autonomy, accessibility, inclusiveness, security, and privacy are fundamental aspects of shaping a robust socio-technical educational environment. The article is published in the book Multidisciplinaire aspecten van digital security (2022).
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"It's about whether you are willing to act on public values"
SURF is joining PublicSpaces, a coalition of public organisations from the cultural and media sectors that is committed to protecting public values in the digital age. Geert-Jan Bogaerts of PublicSpaces and Jet de Ranitz of SURF explain why the alliance makes sense.
Talking about public values
With a series of 7 online seminars for board members in education and research, SURF is initiating the discussion about how we as a sector can join forces to protect public values in IT. We look back on the seminar series with some of the administrators present in 3 SURF Magazine articles and a column by philosopher Marjan Slob.
- Read Review part I of the seminar series with Yvonne de Haan (HAN)
- Read Review part II of the seminar series with director Rob Mudde (TU Delft)
- Read Review part III of the seminar series with director Mirjam Koster (Graafschap College)
- Read the column by philosopher Marjan Slob about the seminar series
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.
Google Workspace in education
We have reached agreement with Google on a comprehensive set of contractual, organisational and technical measures concerning the use of Workspace for Education Plus and Workspace Education Fundamentals by educational institutions in the Netherlands. Given the importance of the use of Google services in educational institutions, SURF and SIVON will continue to monitor Google on behalf of the education sector.
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.