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State, Local Governments Ask Technologists to Aid Coronavirus Response


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A deserted Times Square, in the heart of New York City.

U.S. state and local governments are asking technologists to volunteer to assist with response strategies for the coronavirus pandemic.

Credit: Jeenah Moon/The Washington Post

With digital services swamped by the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. state and local governments are asking technologists to volunteer to assist with response strategies.

New York State has launched a "Technology SWAT team" to help develop digital tools that can assist in building infrastructure for virus screening, and as well as improving remote access to government services that could see surges in usage, like unemployment services.

New York is soliciting technology companies, universities, nonprofits, research laboratories, and other organizations with technology expertise to support the project.

Meanwhile, former Obama administration technology leaders and a former executive from payments company Stripe have established the U.S. Digital Response Team to match industry volunteers with local and state government efforts.

The Team already has received requests to help governments collect data from coronavirus testing facilities, build systems to track data from hospitals about bed and ventilator capacity, and to model and map infection data.

From The Washington Post
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