Forbes has named former Department of Health data specialist Rebekah Jones its Technology Person of the Year.
Jones rose to national prominence in May when the Department of Health fired her for what Gov. Ron DeSantis administration called insubordination. However, Jones contends department officials asked her to manipulate data to make it appear as if the state was ready to begin reopening. She claims she was fired for refusing the request.
She again captured the nations attention earlier this month when Department of Law Enforcement officers searched her home and seized her hardware after connecting her address to a security breech at DOH. Jones denies involvement in the hack and has sued the DeSantis administration, arguing the search was ordered as a punishment.
Regardless, she is the latest technologist who stepped up to fill the vacuum left by governments during COVID-19, wrote Forbes deputy technology editor Helen A.S. Popkin.
As DOHs geographic information systems manager, Jones played a leading role in designing the states COVID-19 dashboard, officials primary vehicle for disseminating coronavirus updates to the general public. The dashboard drew praise from White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Dr.Deborah Birxin April.
Since being fired, Jones has launched her own COVID-19 dashboard tracking cases in schools and across the country.
With the inaugural Forbes Technology Awards which comes at the end of a year when Americans relied on technology more than ever Jones is the first ever recipient of the magazines Technology Person of the Year distinction.
The afternoon following the morning raid on Dec. 7, Jones tweeted a videoshowing officers serving the warrant.
They pointed a gun in my face. They pointed guns at my kids, she said. They took my phone and the computer I use every day to post the case numbers in Florida, and school cases for the entire country. They took evidence of corruption at the state level. They claimed it was about a security breach. This was DeSantis. He sent the gestapo.
This is what happens to scientists who do their job honestly, she continued. This is what happens to people who speak truth to power. I tell them my husband and my two children are upstairs and THEN one of them draws his gun. On my children. This is Desantis Florida.
The ongoing battle between Jones and the DeSantis administration has inflamed tensions between the media and the Governor, who has consistently opposed mask requirements and government-mandated lockdowns. In May, DeSantis accused national outlets of latching onto the story with claims that coronavirus outbreaks would balloon in Florida.
Following the search at Jones home, the Governor attacked a Tampa reporter for asking about a police raid, calling that term disinformation.
She was not cooperative, DeSantis critiqued. It was not a raid. It was serving valid process in accordance with the laws and the Constitution of the United States and the state of Florida. They did it with integrity. They did it with honor.
In her subsequent lawsuit, Jones alleges state police violated her First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments rights. Shes also alleged violations against state law.
She is seeking damages of more than $30,000, according to the lawsuit. She is represented by attorneys Rick Johnsonof Tallahassee,Lawrence Waltersof Longwood andLisa Lambertof Atlanta.
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