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This bot fights bad info

In an attempt to fight misinformation on the same platforms that spread it, the California Department of Public Health last week announced a new chatbot aimed at dispelling myths surrounding COVID-19, particularly among Spanish-speaking Californians. The bilingual bot is reachable through WhatsApp, the messaging service popular among Hispanics, especially those with family living abroad. Colin Wood reports.

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A digital assist for election offices

The U.S. Digital Response, the nonprofit civic-tech group that sprung up during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist local governments with online service delivery, is adding a new program focused on developing websites, polling-place locators and other tools to make local election administrators' jobs easier. “What we specialize in is simple tools that make an impact that are quick,” Priya Garg, one of the heads of the organization’s new elections program, told StateScoop. Benjamin Freed has more.

San Francisco finds new digital lead

Cyd Harrell, a user-experience consultant and former chief of staff at 18F, the federal digital services agency, will be the city’s new chief digital services officer. Harrell, who succeeds Carrie Bishop, who stepped down last month, has spent the past four years as a UX consultant, primarily to California’s civil court system. Ben has more.

So that's why network traffic spiked...

A school district in Texas last week said it has fired an employee suspected of installing cryptocurrency mining devices in six school buildings. The employee, who has not been named, was let go from the Galveston Independent School District after IT staff discovered the crypto rigs while investigating an abnormal surge in network activity, concluding that the devices were installed during spring break in March. Maybe pick a better mining spot next time.

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