“Learn To Code!” Says The Inventor Of The Web
There are many loud voices in the IT sector, but few have as much clout as Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web. At the Every Second Counts Forum last week, Berners-Lee emphasised the importance of learning to code across all areas of society.
With the introduction of coding classes into the school curriculum from the age of 5 and up, the UK is already far ahead of many other countries for tech education – including the USA. As Berners-Lee explained, “We need to introduce people to coding early so that the people to whom it appeals can then get as much time to do it as they need and really excel. We need more people to have done coding to actually end up doing it for a living.”
With the new and improved ICT curriculum now producing the next generation of IT professionals, Britain’s digital skills shortage could be resolved over the next decade or more, with solutions in the private sector filling the gaps in the meantime.
In the same talk, Berners-Lee made an appeal for politicians to be more knowledgable about technology, especially when legislature is enforced around the web on topics such as Net Neutrality or copyright protection. This idea echoes previous calls for there to be better representation in parliament for digital matters, a topic we’ve explored in the past.
Berners-Lee argues that we need more MPs who can code so that they “understand how powerful a weapon it is”, and are better informed when making decisions that effect the industry at large.
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