Sunday 24 September 2017

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We need to work at getting our young people interested in computer science, writes Google director Fionnuala Meehan

MEGABYTES: Second level students Roisin Murphy and Niamh Ellis from Colaiste Bhride in Clondalkin, Dublin, at the launch of the Bridge21 programme, a computer studies initiative
MEGABYTES: Second level students Roisin Murphy and Niamh Ellis from Colaiste Bhride in Clondalkin, Dublin, at the launch of the Bridge21 programme, a computer studies initiative

Fionnuala Meehan

Two-thirds of the world's population do not use or do not have access to the internet.

Given the prevalence of computers and mobile devices in our everyday lives, that seems unbelievable, but it is true. There are millions of people who have yet to experience the benefits of modern technology in the digital age we now live in. Indeed, we are only beginning to tap the enormous potential of the global digital economy.

At the core of the digital economy is computer science, a discipline with a set of scientific principles that can be applied to solve complex, real-world problems. Computer science is essential not just for IT companies but for all companies whose success in the digital age increasingly relies on technological innovation in every area.

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