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Information Technology In The United States - Relevance to Higher Education

Message Number: 
30

(6/4/98) 

Folks: 

The Information Technology World Congress (http://www.worldcongress1998.org/) just released a summary of the status of information technology(IT) in the United States. The highlights of the summary, presented below, should be of interest to everyone i n academia. IT is having an increasing impact on how we teach and our students learn, both inside and outside the classroom. 

Looking forward to receiving your comments, ideas, and contributions. 

Regards, 

Rick Reis 

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Information Technology In The United States 

* The United States is the global leader in the information technology revolution. Information technology is America's number one export. (Information Technology Association of America, 1996) 

* Every hour, 209 U.S. information technology jobs are created, totaling 5,022 jobs each day. Since 1991, 11 million new information technology jobs have been created. (Fortune) 

* Total employment in the IT industry is 2.5 million and is expected to grow to five million over the next five years. (Information (Information Technology Association of America) 

* In 1998, the global IT industry is predicted to reach $500 billion, compared to the 1994 figure of $300 billion. (Information Technology Association of America) 

* America Online has more United States subscribers -9 million- than the entire population of the world's 15th largest city, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (The Washington Post) 

* More than 300 United States semiconductor plants produced $160 billion worth of semiconductor chips sold worldwide last year. Future memory chips will be able to store 64 million bits of information, the equivalent of 4,000 pages of typewritten text. (Semiconductor Industry Association) 

* The United States high-tech payroll reached $203.3 billion during the first quarter of 1997, compared to $189 billion in 1995. (American Electronics Association) 

* Of 264.6 million people in the United States, one in four persons age 16 and older now use the Internet. Nearly three million children in the United States are plugged into cyberspace from home, and the number is projected to grow fourfold by 2002. ( The Washington Post) 

* Sixty-five percent of the nation's schools have access to the Internet, and 14 percent of the classrooms are linked to it. (Consumer Reports) 

* Network Solutions, the company that registers Internet domains worldwide, passed their one million domain mark in March 1997. Nearly 3,000 domain names are registered each day. Eighteen months ago there were only 306,000 domain names registered. Wit hout registering any other new sites, the company could generate $31.5 million a year in revenue just from renewals. (The Washington Post) 

FIRST NOTE: According to Korean American Science and Technology News (KASTN), Issue 98-22, No. 155, June 10, 1998, Network Solutions has now passed the 2-millionth domain name registration. 

SECOND NOTE: According to the May 30, 1998 San Jose Mercury News, by the end of 1998 anyone on earth will be able to use a small pocket telephone to call anyone, anywhere, anytime, for less than $3.00 per minute.