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University of Connecticut, AT&T plan 5G lab

A new partnership with AT&T will provide 5G and edge-computing technology to the University of Connecticut’s Stamford campus starting this fall as part of an effort to boost the school’s data-science and entrepreneurial programming, AT&T said Monday. The telecommunications giant said it will complete construction on a new lab in Stamford by the end of the summer and work with two local startup incubators — CTNext and StamfordNext — to encourage students and local businesses to take advantage of the data analysis and application development tools enabled by the new wireless standard. Ryan Johnston has more.

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Google's COVID-19 vaccination chatbot now speaks 28 languages

Google announced on Thursday that states using its AI-powered online virtual agent as part of the search giant’s suite of vaccine management software can now offer the tool in 28 languages and dialects to handle any questions residents have about scheduling or registering for a COVID-19 vaccine. Contact Center AI, or CCAI, is a virtual chatbot recently piloted by state health officials in New York that offers online vaccination registration assistance in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day. Ryan is on the case.

How the Beeck Center helps improve digital services

Government agencies across the country are experimenting with new technologies and processes, but much of the work goes unexamined. To ensure the best ideas aren’t lost, Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation launched a new program last year that places its fellows within state and local government agencies. In those positions, the fellows assist projects intended to improve how residents interact with their governments, and they observe and document the work of digital services teams, capturing the best work so that it can be shared and potentially implemented more widely. Colin Wood has the report.

States can play greater role in shaping grid cybersecurity, NGA says

State governments can improve the resiliency of grid operators and other utilities against cyberattacks by forming policy committees and advisory boards that bring together policymakers, technology and emergency management officials and industry representatives, according to a paper published this week by the National Governors Association. Benjamin Freed has the latest.

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