2. Florida made things personal

What began as the simple firing of a state employee who “exhibited a repeated course of insubordination” has spiraled into a personal war between Gov. Ron DeSantis and Rebekah Jones, a former state geospatial data employee who’s become something of a martyr for a segment of the open-data movement. Since being fired for what she said was her refusal to alter coronavirus statistics to support DeSantis’ desire to reopen more of the Florida economy, Jones has become a national figure, creating a dashboard that competes with the state’s official COVID-19 website. She continues to defend herself vehemently as the state has pursued a criminal investigation against her, which included a police raid of her home in December and Jones turning herself in for arrest last month.

Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He's reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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