Technical Education Program
Civic issues often need knowledge of computer science and technology to be properly understood. Examples over the past few years abound, and include such important issues as: problems with electronic voting machines, privacy on the World Wide Web, data collection for the 2010 Census, government oversight of internet transactions, and copyright laws governing music, book and video downloads. Students who major in humanities as undergraduates tend to shy away from science, and do not appreciate how necessary this knowledge is for them in their future lives as productive citizens. A strong and healthy society requires educated citizens who understand and appreciate the scientific topics that are relevant factors in so many decisions.