How public-interest technologists can build government that works for everyone

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Technologists trained to understand the ethical, legal, and political ramifications of their code are exactly the type of people we need in Washington. When COVID-19 struck and businesses began laying off employees, unemployment systems buckled. Why? State unemployment systems were using programming language from the Eisenhower era. By the end of 2020, despite the federal government distributing 14 million vaccine doses to states, only 4 million had been administered. Again, why? Without a modern hub to manage national distribution, institutions scrambled to deliver vaccines, leading to mismanagement, waste, and an avoidable loss of life. Read Full Story

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COBOL, a 60-year-old computer language, is in the COVID-19 spotlight

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As state governments seek to fix overwhelmed unemployment benefit systems, they need programmers skilled in a language that was passé by the early 1980s. Some states have found themselves in need of people who know a 60-year old programming language called COBOL to retrofit the antiquated government systems now struggling to process the deluge of unemployment claims brought by the coronavirus crisis. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 vaccine distribution: 5 maps that show how we can get them to everyone

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Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines will create unprecedented logistical challenges for state and local governments. The ultra-rapid development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines over the last few months has been nothing short of amazing, but these life-saving, economy-rescuing, normal-world-restoring treatments won’t mean a whole lot unless we can actually get them to people. Distribution will have to happen on an unprecedented scale, which presents unprecedented logistical challenges for state and local governments. Read Full Story

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Extra unemployment benefits update: Here’s the latest on which states are paying and what to expect

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Each state has its own system, which will pay you on its own timeline. It’s been 10 days since President Trump signed the COVID-19 relief package, following a ludicrous nine-month roller-coaster of negotiations and congressional disagreement. The package included additional federal unemployment benefits, so why aren’t fresh unemployment payments in your bank account or mailbox? So many reasons, none of which you could be expected to decipher from the 5,600-page bill . Read on. Read Full Story

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Why Bill Gates is the focus of the latest coronavirus conspiracy theories

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Misinformation about the Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist is swirling around online as part of an effort to push an anti-vaccination agenda. “The Bible says there will be an Antichrist, a man that proclaims to be God, who will try to unite the world in a one-world government with a one-world financial system and establish a one-world religion,” says Pastor Adam Fannin, a controversial Florida preacher who has latched onto the anti-vaccination movement, in a recent YouTube video. Read Full Story

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