While there has not been any evidence that hackers exploited the bug to gain access to unauthorized information, the thought that the world’s most technologically sophisticated companies were unaware of a major security flaw for two years is not reassuring.
To say that rethinking Hirsi Ali’s honorary degree discourages academic discourse could not be further from the truth. In fact, the push to revoke Hirsi Ali’s degree was organized by students at Brandeis, and we commend these students for opening discussion their school’s administrative choices.
While it’s significant that President Faust acknowledged the scale of the problem of sexual assault at Harvard, the task force must make serious recommendations that the University is willing to implement if Harvard is to improve. An endless number of panels and working groups have been formed to study this issue, with frustratingly little to show for it. This time must be different.
HBX differs from its counterpart in its exclusivity and premium price—neither of which characterize edX. Nonetheless, it fits the broader spirit of using modern technology to share a Harvard education beyond Cambridge.