April 21, 2021
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Cemex, EDIN Network, AS Backe, Sol Services and Element will form a cross-industry ecosystem that will work with IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder to develop a digital platform that connects supply chains in the construction industry. The platform, known as OpenBuilt, will be developed on the Red Hat OpenShift hybrid cloud platform and run on the IBM Cloud.
Full Story: Concrete Products (4/19) 
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Artificial Intelligence
How AI can help conquer the final frontier
Researchers say that artificial intelligence can help astronauts with mission design and planning, data processing, and creating navigation systems. Virtual assistants could also perform some riskier jobs or detect dangers while in space, while machine learning could reduce the danger of collisions with space debris.
Full Story: Space (4/16) 
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Mobile and Wireless
Verizon intros location tech more precise than GPS
Verizon is deploying Hyper Precise Location in at least 100 top US markets, saying that the real-time kinematics technology will provide location data that's accurate to a couple centimeters. The carrier added that HPL, which safeguards privacy by not sharing or storing user data, can enhance both the internet of things and intelligent driving.
Full Story: TechRepublic (4/14),  Telecompetitor (4/14) 
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Security and Privacy
President Joe Biden's administration has launched a 100-day effort to improve cybersecurity in the US power grid, providing actionable steps for utility owners and operators. The White House is also reportedly expected to soon require US government contractors to report cybersecurity breaches.
Full Story: Federal Computer Week (4/20),  JD Supra/Husch Blackwell (4/19) 
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Health Care IT
Chatbot makes vaccine info available in 28 languages
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Google's Contact Center AI, an artificial intelligence chatbot, now answers questions about COVID-19 vaccination availability and scheduling in 28 languages and dialects, the technology firm says. The chatbot, which is in use in New York, works with existing online vaccine registration tools and is accessible via voice call, text messaging, a web browser or an app.
Full Story: StateScoop (4/15) 
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Diversity and Inclusion
A report from career website Dice, which surveyed more than 9,000 technologists, finds that more than half of women working in tech have experienced gender discrimination, while Black people in tech report more racial discrimination than other groups. While the tech industry has begun to address diversity issues, there is more work to be done, including creating an inclusive and supportive culture, the report says.
Full Story: World Economic Forum (4/13) 
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Government IT and Policy
A bill aimed at bolstering the US government's hiring of cybersecurity personnel has been reintroduced in the Senate. Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., are co-sponsors of the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act.
Full Story: Homeland Preparedness News (4/16) 
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