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house Bill H.R. 53

If More People in the U.S. Were Computer Literate, Would U.S. Cyber Security be Improved?

Argument in favor

This bill would, through a number of programs, increase technological literacy nationwide — particularly in communities with less access to it. This would, in turn, increase national cybersecurity.

BananaNeil's Opinion
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03/29/2015
American computer literacy should be a very high priority for our society. This bill will have real impact on the technological capabilities of our workforce, and will help our country be as cyberly safe as possible.
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Cary's Opinion
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04/07/2015
Why not encourage a valuable skill for the future?
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PIF's Opinion
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04/03/2015
Allowing students to have greater exposure to computers will benefit our society.
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Argument opposed

As both technology's capabilities and its role in our society increase, it’s important that knowledge of technology keep up. But education is not the Department of Homeland Security’s job.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/23/2015
Since when has the government promoted literacy? Just look at our public school system.
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raucreativity's Opinion
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03/30/2015
Yeah, pretty sure a private organization would do a better job with this than the government.
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Tracie's Opinion
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03/30/2015
As much as I would love people to be more cyber literature, including myself, individuals need to take responsibility for their own education. And not depend on the government.
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bill Progress


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  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation
      Research and Technology
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
      Higher Education and Workforce Investment
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015
    American computer literacy should be a very high priority for our society. This bill will have real impact on the technological capabilities of our workforce, and will help our country be as cyberly safe as possible.
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    Since when has the government promoted literacy? Just look at our public school system.
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    Yeah, pretty sure a private organization would do a better job with this than the government.
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    Why not encourage a valuable skill for the future?
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    Allowing students to have greater exposure to computers will benefit our society.
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    As much as I would love people to be more cyber literature, including myself, individuals need to take responsibility for their own education. And not depend on the government.
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    Since when does the federal government need a bill for "recruiting cybersecurity workers for DHS"? And "filing a report on ways to increase the presence of ethnic minorities in cybersecurity"? Oh, please! Ethnic minorities don't need government hand-holding any more than white people do! "A fellowship program where state and local officials can learn from national cybersecurity professionals"? Don't make me laugh! The federal government has enough trouble just trying to make their own computer networks secure from foreign hackers, and when you have corrupt officials like Hillary Clinton ignoring security protocols to hide her own shady activities, well, you don't inspire much confidence and trust in the rest of us! • "A Board of Advisors for K-12 tech education"? ENOUGH OF FEDERAL MEDDLING IN THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN! THE LEFT HAS IMPLEMENTED TOO MANY POLICIES AS IT IS THAT ARE GEARED TOWARD DUMBING DOWN THE POPULATION, IN ORDER TO KEEP PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON THE NANNY STATE! AND YOU CAN KEEP YOUR FEDERAL GRANTS THAT ALWAYS COME WITH STRINGS ATTACHED! If you TRULY want a well educated and prosperous citizenry, restore our freedoms and remove the chains of government regulations that bind us! Honor your oath to preserve, protect and obey the Constitution! Quit just paying it lip service! WE DON'T WANT SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM, AND/OR GLOBALISM IN AMERICA!
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    We are losing to the rest of world. When it comes to the the STEM's,when it comes to computer literacy. America is falling behind. It's time to get up and compete with the rest of the globe. Who knows,we may even help make America great again.
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    This is a silly approach!
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    More computer literate people = more hackers
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    More cyber literacy would produce more sophisticated hackers quite as fast as the average user would gain sophistication in thwarting them. The Chinese have used their sophistication to crack all levels of banking and defense and the energy grid already, while we slept complacently.
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    this seems like a no brainer.
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    Let's see what will happen with such a situation and the fact that the federal government's liberal faction want federal control over the internet: everybody crazy enough to do so will have so much information on the internet that government will know absolutely everything about us. EVERYTHING! That we who do not want to put our private information online, and do not want to deal with government without actual papers signed and documented by government officials, exist will be irrelevant. We will be forced to do all "paperwork" without papers that government officials have actually documented. This is already being pushed at the federal and state levels. I want something in writing on a physical document (paper) that proves I: submitted tax forms, paid taxes, purchased and sold real estate, possess a legitimate ID (driver's license, passport, etc.), and completed all other government-mandated informational actions. Trusting bureaucrats to document these through "air" is not good enough.
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    There's already a great catalyst for computer literacy in the U.S., our free market economy.
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    This is a mixed bag for me. I'm all for computer literacy because I'm really good at it and it's shocking that so many people aren't. Like my aunt. But I also feel like DHS shouldn't be funding this. Unless the person studying wants to go into cybersecurity or cyberwarfare.
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    Technological literacy is the #1 most important way to ensure continued world dominance!
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    Way too many people (my family included) are completely uninformed on computer security
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    Education is not part of home land security!
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    Please, no more ineptly delivered programs by the federal government!
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