Archive for February 1, 2012

Everyone needs to understand computing, even (especially?) Congress

I appreciate Businessweek getting on the bandwagon, promoting the idea of computer science for all.  It’s particularly interesting to make that demand of our Congressional representatives — that those making laws about the Internet ought to understand the Internet.

There was no official slogan for the public pushback against perceived government meddling with the Web, but the unofficial one might have been a headline that appeared on the online magazine Motherboard: “Dear Congress, it’s no longer ok to not know how the Internet works.”

A growing number of people agree that not only should Congress understand how software is made, so should everyone. Designers, economists, doctors, and others with no direct connection to the technology world are embracing coding as a way to advance their careers, automate boring tasks, or just a means of self-improvement, a hobby like learning Spanish or doing crossword puzzles. And they have access to an expanding universe of free online coding tutorials from startups and universities such as Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Programming is becoming “a much more fundamental piece of knowledge, similar to reading or writing,” says Andy Weissman, a partner at New York’s Union Square Venures, which led a $2.5 million investment round for Codecademy, a site that teaches people basic programming skills.

via Computer Coding: Not for Geeks Only – Businessweek.

February 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm 8 comments


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