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Geeks Step Up When Governments Fail

In 2020, we stopped taking technology for granted. It was a year when techies filled in as governments around the world offered little guidance and less support. During lockdown, Apple’s iPhone 12 launch wasn’t nearly as important as a home broadband connection that could withstand the unprecedented domestic traffic spike that came with trying to stay on a work Zoom call while the kids were streaming Netflix and downloading Xbox games. Online shopping became the norm, with automation and artificial intelligence helping ease overburdened supply chains. Elite bakers critiqued our bread-making attempts on Twitter. And TikTok helped families and

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Coronavirus contact tracing apps were tech’s chance to step up. They haven’t.

At a briefing this week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy touted his state’s efforts to trace the spread of the coronavirus, outlining plans to hire 1,600 contact tracers who will call people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Not part of his plan: a smartphone app to help with contact tracing.

“The state of New Jersey is neither pursuing nor promoting exposure notification or digital alerting technology, at least at this time,” Murphy said.

New Jersey isn’t alone. States that had committed to using contact tracing apps or expressed interest are now backing away from those claims. The

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