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The posted article did cite their sources; the original report was made by vrtNWS [1]. I recommend reading the discussion which occurred yesterday for an array of arguments [2]. ----- One thing I personally believe — and find apparent about these discussions revolving around data privacy — is that the general public (at least in the USA) doesn't understand the capabilities of modern apps and other tech they use. Sure, there's news coverage of tech giants and adtech firms mining/utilizing user data for profit — the picture painted, though, seems to only show a black box to most people who aren't involved with the tech industry, and who don't have the background to really understand certain concepts (eg networking, ML, etc). There are definitely growing concerns about personal privacy [3][4]; continuing forward, however, the availability of user data and the growth with social media will probably rise and have an even larger impact on society as my generation (and younger ones) has already been tied into using these platforms [5].

I'm hopeful that this can be changed with changes to the education system. I would love to see computer education added as a general topic covered (ie it would be a very clear example of how useful math is...it would help others understand why they should learn beyond add/sub/div etc).

There is already a push to modernize schools and prepare students for the adult world; chromebooks are very common in schools that receive grants and funding for tech initiatives. Home econ, carpentry, and other courses used to be common (maybe still common in some places?) in highschool. How about computer education, specifically?

[1]: https://outline.com/2PmPtH [2]: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20402070 [3]: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/27/americans-c... [4]: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/09/05/americans-a... [5]: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/04/10/share-of-u-...






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