Data & Analytics

States pull back on COVID data even amid delta surge

Just as hurricane warnings are needed ahead of storm, full information on COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations is vital during the pandemic, public health experts say.

Cybersecurity

Cities embraced technology during COVID but still lack comprehensive digital policies

New technology was rapidly rolled out during the pandemic, but policies covering cybersecurity, accessibility and digital infrastructure lagged.

Data & Analytics

Price tag on NY’s vaccination app keeps rising

New York’s Excelsior Pass vaccine authentication app may cost much more than first expected.

State & Local

NYC’s early warning system for infectious diseases

A network of smart thermometers will allow public health officials to analyze data on individual neighborhoods so they can craft policies to control outbreaks of flu or COVID-19.

Data & Analytics

Pooling society’s collective intelligence helped fight COVID – it must help fight future crises too

The COVID pandemic has brought home the importance of gathering and analyzing society’s collective intelligence and finding new ways to share that combined knowledge as quickly as possible.

Emerging Tech

Tracking state vaccine passport initiatives

MIT’s Pandemic Technology Project is tracking each state’s stance on vaccine passports, noting whether the technology is in active use, under consideration or banned -- and linking to relevant legislation and sources.

Data & Analytics

Washington’s COVID exposure notification app averted cases, saved lives

Washington state’s Bluetooth-powered WA Notify app likely prevented about 6,000 cases and may have saved over 100 lives.

Data & Analytics

Web app visualizes intersection of COVID, government policies and mobility

Researchers at the University of Miami have developed an interactive web application that illustrates how pandemic-related policies affected the movement of people.

Cloud & Infrastructure

A solid cloud foundation proves crucial at crunch time

When the pandemic hit, agencies’ previous investments in cloud and DevSecOps help them scale websites, manage increased workloads and support telework and application development.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Labor Department IG: Legacy tech hindered states' delivery of unemployment benefits during pandemic

States with modernized systems were able to stand up new programs faster than states that relied on legacy technology, according to a new report from the Labor Department's internal watchdog.

Data & Analytics

How to use statistics to prepare for the next pandemic

Data-driven planning based upon cultural and demographic factors can help predict how outbreaks could progress and which people may be most vulnerable.

Cybersecurity

Louisiana adds vaccine status to digital driver’s license app

Residents of Louisiana can now have an electronic version of their COVID-19 vaccination records added to their LA Wallet, the state’s digital drivers’ license mobile application.

Data & Analytics

Human-AI teaming for DC-based emergency response

Members of Montgomery County, Md.’s Community Emergency Response Team are training an artificial intelligence-based system to find COVID-related items in Twitter posts that public safety officials should know about.

Data & Analytics

Tweet analysis uncovers how COVID conspiracy theories evolved

Building a machine learning model to filter analyze 120 million tweets gave researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory clues about how to combat online misinformation.

Cybersecurity

As vaccine passports emerge, administration takes advisory role

The White House plans to create privacy, security and access guidelines for vaccine passports as companies are already rolling out applications.

Cybersecurity

Vaccination passport apps could help society reopen – first they have to be secure, private and trusted

Any passport application’s back end and front end need to be fully open source and penetration-tested by security experts to build public trust.

Cybersecurity

For states’ COVID contact tracing apps, privacy tops utility

Exposure notification apps can help slow the virus’ spread, but health department officials say limited data the apps collect is the tradeoff required to assuage privacy concerns.

Emerging Tech

Sewage-testing robots process wastewater faster to predict COVID-19 outbreaks sooner

Using a robot to automate the sewage concentration in samples collected from community wastewater surveillance programs dramatically reduces the time it takes to get results.

State & Local

States, cities get $325B in direct aid from COVID-19 package

Under the final bill, states and localities would have to use the funds to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and economic downturn through measures such as assisting small businesses, boosting essential worker pay, funding government services affected by a revenue shortfall or making infrastructure investments.

Data & Analytics

Dashboards to guide the next stage of the pandemic

Tableau’s Global Tracker pulls COVID-related information from multiple data sources into one visualization so users can see and interact with fresh data to inform public policy and business decisions. 

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