Public values: condition for digital transformation

Educational and research institutions are working hard to provide a safe digital environment for students and staff. They are faced with a dilemma: how do they guarantee security, autonomy and inclusion, while their dependence on dominant commercial parties is growing? Together, we explore, discuss and form visions in order to make informed decisions.
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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 ICT. 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.

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.

Value Framework for education and research

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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. 

Read the reaction of the University CIOs >

Publieke toegang tot informatie en regie op digitalisering

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.

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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.

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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? 

SURF and public values

Christien Bok keynote OWD

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.

Watch keynote Gather or be devoured (in Dutch)
Read keynote Gather or be devoured (in Dutch)