GCN: The power and danger of social media for law enforcement

GCN: The power and danger of social media for law enforcement. “Social media can help spread information rapidly to community members, which can be useful during public safety emergencies and natural disasters. It can also reduce the time it takes for first responders to get the important information they need, such as location coordinates to help a person in danger. If crucial information needs to be communicated quickly, a text message is often the channel of choice. According to the Pew Research Center, 98% of text messages are read within two minutes — a time savings that can literally mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.”

Former CDC chief: Most states fail to report data key to controlling the coronavirus pandemic (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Former CDC chief: Most states fail to report data key to controlling the coronavirus pandemic. “Six months after the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, most states are failing to report critical information needed to track and control the resurgence of covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to an analysis released Tuesday by a former top Obama administration health official.”

US News & World Report: Old Tech Keeps Half of Kansas Lawmakers’ Disclosures Offline

US News & World Report: Old Tech Keeps Half of Kansas Lawmakers’ Disclosures Offline. “People who want to learn about Kansas legislators’ financial interests have about a 50% chance of finding the information online, according to a review of records by The Associated Press. To see a report that’s not online, a resident must visit or call the secretary of state’s office in Topeka and request a copy at 50 cents a page.”

The Next Web: Companies made millions building unemployment websites that didn’t work

The Next Web: Companies made millions building unemployment websites that didn’t work. “States continue to spend millions of dollars hiring Deloitte, IBM, and other contractors to build and fix unemployment websites, even amid growing concerns about the quality of their work. And the crush of unemployment applications flooding in around the country since the pandemic hit have only made the situation worse.”

The crisis that shocked the world: America’s response to the coronavirus (Washington Post)

Washington Post: The crisis that shocked the world: America’s response to the coronavirus. “Isabelle Papadimitriou, 64, a respiratory therapist in Dallas, had been treating a surge of patients as the Texas economy reopened. She developed covid-19 symptoms June 27 and tested positive two days later. The disease was swift and brutal. She died the morning of the Fourth of July. The holiday had always been her daughter’s favorite. Fiana Tulip loved the family cookouts, the fireworks, the feeling of America united. Now, she wonders whether she’ll ever be able to celebrate it again. In mourning, she’s furious.”

FedTech Magazine: Government Leaders Offer Telework Info for Workers and Citizens

FedTech Magazine: Government Leaders Offer Telework Info for Workers and Citizens. “Even as the federal government responded to the needs of the nation during the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic, it also had to act as an employer with 4.3 million workers who wanted to know their agency’s plan to protect them from illness or to work remotely. Federal leaders turned to social media to advise citizens and guide employees, who shared the same challenges that the rest of the country faced during the COVID-19 restrictions.”

ABC News: Elbows? Masks? Presents? Let this divisive EU summit begin!

ABC News: Elbows? Masks? Presents? Let this divisive EU summit begin!. “At the start of one of the most daunting and divisive summits in recent history, the atmosphere among the European Union leaders was downright giddy. Blame the coronavirus pandemic. With all kinds of masks, social distancing rules, and new ways of greetings, some of the leaders reveled in the novelty of it all as they met in person for the first time since February.”

World Resources Institute: How US Cities and Counties Are Getting Renewable Energy

World Resources Institute: How US Cities and Counties Are Getting Renewable Energy. “A new tool from the American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator, the Local Government Renewables Action Tracker, showcases renewable energy deals made by U.S. cities, counties, tribal governments, municipal utilities and community choice aggregations since 2015. Cataloguing over 300 deals, the tool equips local governments with the resources to understand what other cities have accomplished, which can help as they develop their own renewable energy strategies and determine how to collaborate effectively.”

Washington Post: State, local governments wrestle over quickly dwindling coronavirus aid, complicating talks on next federal bill

Washington Post: State, local governments wrestle over quickly dwindling coronavirus aid, complicating talks on next federal bill. “A $150 billion federal program designed to help states, cities and counties respond to the coronavirus pandemic has pitted some governments against one another, forcing them to scrap over the fast-dwindling, limited aid. The fight has intensified as Congress and the White House near deadlines to decide the scope of the next round of coronavirus relief. State and local leaders have demanded between $500 billion and $1 trillion in new assistance, but the vast uncertainty surrounding the initial tranche of funding has fueled accusations that money is being misspent or hoarded.”

Public Technology: Government turns to Instagram to seek policy guidance from teenagers

Public Technology (UK): Government turns to Instagram to seek policy guidance from teenagers. “The government has unveiled a new Instagram page through which it wishes to garner policy guidance from teenagers and young adults. The ‘Involved’ account will use the photo-sharing site’s polling and stories functions to ask questions related to ‘decisions made at the heart of government’. The government wishes to hear the responses of young people aged between 13 and 25.”

Newswise: The Center for American Women and Politics Launches Public Database of Women Elected Officials

Newswise: The Center for American Women and Politics Launches Public Database of Women Elected Officials. “The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, is proud to announce the launch of the online CAWP Women Elected Officials Database, a first-of-its-kind tool for exploring and analyzing women’s current and historical representation in the U.S. political system. The CAWP Women Elected Officials Database includes every woman officeholder in U.S. history at the federal, statewide elected executive, and state legislative levels. This tool expands on the officeholder database that CAWP has long kept and shared with researchers, and, crucially, transforms it into a searchable, online format for public access.”

Washington Post: States are wrestling on their own with how to expand testing, with little guidance from the Trump administration

Washington Post: States are wrestling on their own with how to expand testing, with little guidance from the Trump administration. “The wide range of approaches across the country comes as the federal government has offered little guidance on the best way to test a broad swath of the population, leaving state public health officials to wrestle on their own with difficult questions about how to measure the spread of the virus and make decisions about reopening their economies. Faced with conflicting advice from experts in the field, states are using different tests that vary in reliability and have adopted a variety of policies about who else should get tested and when — particularly when it comes to asymptomatic people who are considered low-risk for the illness.”

9News: Denver Public Health orders a closure of facility that handles all mail for Colorado and Wyoming

9News: Denver Public Health orders a closure of facility that handles all mail for Colorado and Wyoming. “The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) has ordered the closure of a mail facility that handles all mail for Colorado and Wyoming. The public health order was issued to the United States Postal Service (USPS) Processing and Distributing Center at 7550 E. 53rd Place in Denver, following an investigation on Wednesday. The state of Colorado has confirmed five employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility that employs 1,800.”

Politico: How Google and Apple outflanked governments in the race to build coronavirus apps

Politico: How Google and Apple outflanked governments in the race to build coronavirus apps. “In the digital fight against COVID-19, Big Tech squared off against governments — and won. As policymakers around Europe pushed to develop smartphone apps to track the spread of the coronavirus, Apple and Google flexed their muscles by laying out conditions for building the tools, which are now set to be rolled out across the bloc and beyond by early June.”

World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches Tool to Track IP Policy Information in Member States during COVID-19 Pandemic

World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches Tool to Track IP Policy Information in Member States during COVID-19 Pandemic. “WIPO today launched a new tool that tracks COVID-19 related intellectual property (IP) policy changes or other measures being implemented by WIPO member states in their response to the global pandemic.”