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Why Kids Aren't Going Into IT

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Why Kids Aren't Going Into IT
2. Today's Top Story
    - What's Google's Next Move?
    - Google's Wireless Plans May Pose Threat To Telecom Companies
    - Google Bids To Provide Wi-Fi Access In San Francisco
    - Google To Build Massive Facility On NASA Property
    - Google Prevails In Age-Discrimination Suit
    - Google Gains Search-Engine Market Share
3. Breaking News
    - Blinkx TV Gets Personal
    - Cabbies Say 'No' To GPS
    - Symantec Buys BindView
    - RealNetworks Fixes Linux RealPlayer Flaw
    - 3-D Movies Piggyback On Digital-Cinema Supply Chain
    - California Enacts Tough Anti-Phishing Law
    - HP Will Acquire RLX To Bolster Blades
    - Broadband World Forum Eclipsed
    - Some Voluntary Collection Of Internet Sales Taxes Started Saturday
4. In Depth: Careers
5. Voice Of Authority: Education
6. White Papers: Security
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quote of the day:

ETTA PLACE: "Why is there never any money, Butch?"

BUTCH CASSIDY: "Well, I swear, Etta, I don't know. I've been working like a dog all my life and I can't get a penny ahead."

ETTA: "Sundance says it's because you're a soft touch, and always taking expensive vacations, and buying drinks for everyone, and you're a rotten gambler."

BUTCH: "Well, that might have something to do with it."

-- "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid"


1. Editor's Note: Why Kids Aren't Going Into IT

Young people are very happy to consume information technology, in the form of the Web, E-mail, instant messaging, cell phones, and iPods. They just don't want to create IT. America's colleges and universities simply aren't turning out computer-science graduates at a rate needed to fill the jobs available.

What's the solution?

Chris Murphy, our senior executive editor, news, says that IT recruiting starts at home. IT pros need to communicate to young people, starting with their own kids, that IT is still an exciting and rewarding profession to get into.

InformationWeek Editorial Director Bob Evans says universities and colleges are failing in their obligation to educate.

Both these things are true, but there's another institution to blame as well: Businesses that hire IT managers. Companies spent the last five years cutting wages, laying people off, and outsourcing jobs to India and China, where employees are willing to work for a fraction of the wages that Americans ask for. A recent study by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young found that computer programmers in India cost their employers an average of $20 per hour, compared with $65 per hour for an American with comparable age and experience.

True, the total number of people employed in IT has recovered, reaching 3.43 million people in the second quarter, up 3.9% year over year, and very close to the 2001 level of 3.46 million. But that's a recent development. Just last year, IT employment reached a low of 25% fewer jobs than existed in 2000.

After five years making IT an unstable and downwardly mobile occupation, high-level business executives have no business looking hurt and betrayed when young people don't want to work for them. If you kick a dog regularly for five years, you shouldn't be surprised if he shies away when you reach out your hand to him, even if this time you're offering him a cookie.

Kids today know the world doesn't owe them a living. That's why they're looking for jobs that maximize their chances of earning a living. If businesses want more kids to go into IT--if they want retain the technology core competence needed to remain competitive--they need to make IT a more stable and lucrative job choice.

For a little (not a lot) more on this subject, or if you want to add your 2 cents, see my blog entry. (But I don't expect more than $0.02 out of you; after all, with the job market as volatile as it's been recently, we all have to save our pennies.)

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

What's Google's Next Move?
Seven years after its founding, Google has grown from a bare-bones search engine into a technological octopus with tentacles in everything. While pundits guess whether Google is putting together a challenge to Microsoft, a free nationwide Wi-Fi network, or a blockbuster deal, one thing's for sure: Google wants to be everywhere people are.

Related Stories:
Google's Wireless Plans May Pose Threat To Telecom Companies

Google has submitted a proposal to offer citywide Wi-Fi in San Francisco. If chosen as a provider, Google could compete with the city's local telephone and cable companies, such as SBC Communications and Comcast.

Google Bids To Provide Wi-Fi Access In San Francisco
Some think it's a way for Google to expand into the telecom business, but the company says no Wi-Fi service outside of San Francisco is planned and that it's a way of contributing to its hometown.

Google To Build Massive Facility On NASA Property
The company and the government agency will work together to develop data-management and computing tools, and to promote entrepreneurial initiatives in outer space.

Google Prevails In Age-Discrimination Suit
A California judge concluded that a former director of operations for Google, who was 54 years old when he sued the company, didn't provide enough evidence to prove that Google fired him because of his age.

Google Gains Search-Engine Market Share
No. 1 search engine Google gained 1.2 percentage points in market share in August. Yahoo and the Time Warner Network lost share.


3. Breaking News

Blinkx TV Gets Personal
The new service weds blinkx's well-regarded video search engine with user-personalization and -participation features. It's just one example of the growth of IPTV, which is drawing the attention of companies like Google, Verizon, and Microsoft.

Cabbies Say 'No' To GPS
New York City cabbies are opposing plans to install GPS devices, or similar technology, in their vehicles.

Symantec Buys BindView
A week after buying Whole Security, Symantec breaks out its wallet again to buy the supplier of agentless security-policy compliance management.

RealNetworks Fixes Linux RealPlayer Flaw
RealNetworks has patched the Linux media players that were susceptible to a zero-day attack for much of last week.

3-D Movies Piggyback On Digital-Cinema Supply Chain
But does it mark a major advance in film technology, or is it just the next "Sensurround"?

California Enacts Tough Anti-Phishing Law
State becomes the first to spell out penalties for Internet fraudsters who steal identities.

HP Will Acquire RLX To Bolster Blades
The deal helps HP beef up Linux-based blade management.

Broadband World Forum Eclipsed
A solar eclipse put the conference's opening day on hold as attendees gazed skyward.

Some Voluntary Collection Of Internet Sales Taxes Started Saturday
It's an important milestone in the effort to tax Internet retail sales.

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4. In Depth: Careers

Speak Up For The IT Career
IT pros need to become advocates for IT careers, to help keep young people interested in getting jobs in IT.

Microsoft To Begin Paying Former 'Permatemps' Who Sued
The former contract workers won $97 million back in 2001 after a court found they were illegally barred from the company's stock-purchase plan. Microsoft begins making payments this month.

Editor's Note: The Most Important Job You'll Ever Hold
Help wanted: Bright people who want to use technology to help businesses innovate, to help society advance, to help increase competitiveness in the United States.

Get 'Em While They're Young
Teens do hands-on activities and meet with guest speakers at the SIM camp in Memphis.


5. Voice Of Authority: Education

Business Technology: Competitiveness, Truth, And Today's Universities
When blame is assigned for the current shortage of U.S. graduates with degrees in engineering or computer science, universities always seem to get away without even a harsh word. But not anymore--a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution thrashes university presidents for their lack of leadership in this area of vital strategic national interest. Bob Evans wonders if it might be time for the ivory towers to get a taste of some free-market discipline.


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