In a recent issue of Interface there is an important article discussing the merits of N4L being able to inspect HTTPS traffic (involving installation of SSL certificates to BYOD devices). The arguments, primarily around student safety, mirror those of a wider debate taking place around the powers of the Government Communications Security Bureau. There is an expectation that schools should/can trust N4L.
At this stage I can see merits for both sides of the debate – although the argument may become redundant as data plans becomes cheaper students can bypass the school network (N4L) and access content directly via their cell phones/devices. This debate can potentially be quite technical and in theory needs to take place within each school community. Each school can choose if HTTPS inspection will be implemented. Hopefully there are people in the education community with enough confidence, motivation and capability to engage in the discussion and decision making process.