Two recent Information Week articles are of interest. The first article discusses the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technologys newly released report regarding the IT workforce and the need to increase the representation of women and minorities to keep America competitive. This was a theme at the recent conferences in Florida, the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Information Technology. The report is free and available at the CPST web site but you do have to register to access it.
The second article is about the National Research Council report encouraging open exchange of science and technology research on the international stage. The article states the Councils understanding that there are matters of national security that the United States is trying to protect by classifying research but that the possibility that the United States might lose its edge in technology and research represents one of the greatest risks to national security. Again the report is available online and is worth reading.