Today’s Tech Sightings:
Coding is becoming increasingly popular to create a new generation of young programmers, with some countries already requiring coding classes in public schools. But the effort faces some challenges, including teacher availability and new approaches to teaching.
Android Developer Nanodegree is a new program from Google and online computer programming school Udacity that aims to help India’s developers acquire new skills and advance their careers.
A survey from online course pioneer Coursera found that 87 percent of the people polled who took online courses said the classes gave them better job skills or made them more eligible for a new position. Up to 88 percent said online courses helped build knowledge for their current jobs and improved their prospects to go to college.
A policy draft put together by India’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology to find a happy medium between mobile encryption and national security interests has run into stiff opposition. The draft, which has been pulled, required mobile users to store encrypted messages for 90 days and ruled that non-compliance would be punished.
A controversial provision in the 2016 Intelligence Authorization Act that would have required Internet firms to report vaguely-defined terrorist activity on their websites has been dropped. The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee dropped the requirement after Senator Ron Wyden put it on hold, saying social media companies shouldn’t be forced to create a “Facebook Bureau of Investigations to police their users’ speech.”