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Digital services vs. Eventbrite

With every state left to manage its own distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, public health agencies across the country are taking individual approaches to rolling out the injections to vulnerable populations like seniors. And in some places — namely Florida — where there's been little guidance at the state level, local health officials are scheduling vaccine clinics on ticketing websites like Eventbrite, sparking concerns that some of the people most at risk of coronavirus infections could be cut out of the process. “You have the same problem getting tickets to vaccinations as you do to a hot show,” said Eva Galperin the director of cybersecurity for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “People who don’t use computers very well” — including seniors and residents of low-income neighborhoods — “these are the most vulnerable populations.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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Do tablet loaners in jails work?

After years of consideration, the Sedgwick County Jail in Wichita, Kansas, recently joined many other correctional facilities across the country that offer inmates access to tablets loaded with music, books, games and educational materials. The jail, which houses about 1,500 daily inmates, began a new partnership with Securus Technologies last November that provides inmates with access to the company’s seven-inch touchscreen tablets that can either be borrowed for free for a few hours at a time or rented monthly. While officials call the tablets a "great opportunity" for inmates, Securus has faced criticism for its partnerships with correctional institutions. Colin Wood has details.

San Antonio's civic tech residency program announces new challenges

To expand San Antonio’s technology workforce, city officials announced on Monday that their civic technology-focused outreach program, CivTechSA, will launch two new pitch competitions and coding programs aimed at students in 2021. The programs, which will be run in conjunction with a local co-working space, ask K-12 and college students to solve challenges in their communities with technology-focused solutions. Ryan Johnston has more.


State leader on lowering IT costs during pandemic

Arizona’s Doug Lange says the state’s strategy to invest in cloud-based technology helped it save millions in cost avoidance and infrastructure savings. Over the last four years, the state has invested in three key areas for cloud services: security, data centers and work collaboration tools. Hear more from Lange.

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