GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: 2020 PUTS CLOUD COMPUTING IN GOVERNMENT TO THE TEST
Prior to the pandemic, few government employees worked remotely, even if their role would have allowed it. Now, governments are relying on cloud computing to rapidly transition into new modes of work. This is shifting how governments prioritize projects and how they are planning for future workplace technology.
The most important and comprehensive data collection in the U.S. is the census. Local government funding and priorities are determined by the census data, which is why many are concerned about the suddenly shortened timeline for the 2020 Census. If the change in return dates causes a significant undercount, demographers are concerned that the most important data collection process will be skewed and unreliable.
Many state and local governments have used data and mapping to understand the opioid crisis. In Nevada, the state government implemented the “Virtual Naloxone Dispensary” app to track where and when it purchases the lifesaving drug Naloxone, plus how it’s distributed. The app launched a few years ago, and the state has just announced that the collected data is now being used to guide the battle against opioid overdoses.
BURLINGTON FREE PRESS: BURLINGTON TRIES TESTING SEWAGE FOR COVID-19
The city of Burlington, Vermont is embarking on a pilot to test wastewater for COVID-19, in an effort to identify the presence of the virus before there is a major outbreak. The novel coronavirus is detectable in sewage before symptoms are present in individuals, which means the city will have a head start on prevention and containment before people even fall sick.