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Forbes names Rebekah Jones 'Technology Person of The Year'

Posted at 3:17 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 15:19:42-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Forbes named geographer and former Florida COVID-19 data curator Rebekah Jones its “Technology Person of the Year.”

Jones, the data curator who was fired for unauthorized public comments about Florida’s coronavirus numbers in May, created her own dashboard to track coronavirus numbers. She later launched a national dashboard to track school-related cases.

Jones said she was fired for being too transparent in regards to COVID-19 numbers and refusing to manipulate data.

“Regardless, she is the latest technologist who stepped up to fill the vacuum left by governments during COVID-19,” the article onForbes’ website reads.

She is the first-ever recipient of the magazine’s Technology Person of the Year distinction.