Encouraging The Younger Generation

We all love our social media and cloud-based software. The Internet arena is filled with brilliant services and products that makes our experience online both richer and more convenient. However, this is a potential problem for the DNS industry.

One of the privileges of being close to the Silicon Valley is the exposure and inspiration one can derive from all these products and services. With bountiful support from angel investors and venture capitalists, easily accessible online classes offering the latest information in web software, and positive feedback from society and businesses, today’s best computer science graduates are gravitating towards Internet software and online games.

For most of these graduates DNS technology is, frankly, boring. It’s just not as cool as everything else they’re exposed to–how can routing information compete with Twitter or Facebook?

Other factors that don’t help: a lack of comprehensible literature on DNS, a lack of internship opportunities in the field of computer networking, and a lack of courses available at schools and universities on subjects relevant to DNS software.

Fortunately, there have been few groups and institutions that have come forward to tackle this matter:

Social entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley introduced free online computer networking classes in websites such as Coursera. Another example is Stanford University’s Class2Go, which offers Computer Networking class to the public, online, for free.

This initiative will help in narrowing this gap of interest and knowledge in the education of Computer Science courses, and can potentially motivate computer science majors around the world to expand their opportunities and tap into subjects and technology that will benefit both themselves and their community.

Another notable initiative includes TechWomen, a program by the U.S. Department of State that connects emerging women leaders in technology sectors with leading companies in the United States. My colleague, Larissa Shapiro, is an active mentor of TechWomen and is currently in D.C. sharing her experiences of our recent mentee who joined us during the summer from Tunisia.

I’m hopeful that this matter will be tackled soon, and as more institutions, organizations and enthusiasts foster an environment of learning, encouragement and support, we will see the fruits of our contributions in the form of innovation and development in the field of DNS Technology; leading the world forward through the connectivity and social benefit of Internet technology.


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Last modified: July 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm