India’s Pre-Teen Ethical Hacker
Acceleration in the pace of technological change frequently results in children gaining knowledge unknown to their parents or grandparents. A ten year old boy, Sarjeev(name changed to protect his identify) has become India’s youngest ethical hacker and each Sunday he spends ten hours brainstorming with IT professionals on strategies to protect the business world against illegal hackers. Sarjeev’s task is to hack into the top fifty corporate websites in his country in order to identify ways of preventing illegal hackers from gaining entry.
At age four, he completed a three month programming course and by age ten had gained certification as an ethical hacker. He plays cricket, reads Harry Potter stories and his ambition is, “I want to grow up and be a cyber cop so I can educate youngsters in cyber security.”
The story merely reflects what will increasingly become more normal– the birth of an era in which children possess skills unknown to adults. The vast majority of those plus 60 watch in awe as their grandchildren manipulate technology in ways they can not grasp. This is a new development in human history — adults learning from children. Do we as yet comprehend implications of this social change?
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