US chief data scientist wants all students to learn how to code

Dive Brief:U.S. chief data scientist DJ Patil told attendees at Strata+Hadoop World that the federal government needs their skills to move federal government technology forward, according to CIO.com. “We firmly believe that every student has to have the opportunity to understand computers and to learn how to code,” Patil said. “It’s one of the basic tenets of living in our new economy.” Patil also stressed the need for data scientists to understand data-related ethical issues such as “algorithmic transparency.” Dive Insight: The federal government is struggling to update its aging technology infrastructure and manage cybersecurity weaknesses, and they need new tech talent to do both. That is one of the reasons why Patil is stressing the need for more people to learn coding skills. In April, security risk benchmarking startup…


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