Virginia launches first statewide contact tracing app using Apple-Google platform
The Covidwise app, which runs on the tech giants' Bluetooth-based API, is being made available to all Virginia residents, Gov. Ralph Northam said.
Alabama launches contact tracing app based on Google-Apple API
The app will be targeted at students returning to the state's college campuses. Meanwhile Google says as many as 20 states are developing apps based on the API.
Privacy concerns have states taking it slow on contact tracing apps
Some states have built contact tracing apps, but a decades-old manual process is the norm in most places as officials address widespread privacy concerns.
Pandemic kindled 'newfound interest' in government's IT modernization project
Google executive Todd Schroeder said recent successes rapidly upgrading legacy systems in state and local government will have a lasting effect on the mindsets of IT leaders.
Digital privacy concerns will follow Sidewalk Labs to next venture, says former consultant
Sidewalk Labs backed out of its "smart neighborhood" project in Toronto, but Ann Cavoukian said its flagrant misreading of the public's privacy concerns may continue to haunt the company.
Maryland wants to perfect 'classic' contact tracing before launching apps
The state's 1,400 contact tracers will use a combination of cloud platforms, text alerts and old-fashioned phone calls to track the spread of COVID-19.
Three states sign up for new Apple-Google contact tracing API
North Dakota, Alabama and South Carolina are the first states to say they'll use the tech rivals' platform to track the spread of the coronavirus.
Sidewalk Labs pulls out of Toronto Quayside project
Google's urban-development sibling abandoned plans to build a "smart" neighborhood in the Canadian city, citing “unprecedented economic uncertainty."
Google, New York build new unemployment website to handle claims surge
As record numbers are killed by the virus in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo attempts to keep the state's computer systems — and the economy — running.