Rebekah Jones Wiki – Rebekah Jones Biography
Rebekah Jones is a US data scientist, geographer, and activist. She faces arrest following a charge that helped create Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard, has become a police officer, in response to an arrest warrant issued by the state.
Jones has said he lost his job after rejecting requests to manipulate data to suggest that Florida was ready to ease coronavirus restrictions. Jones says she is being punished for continuing to speak out about how Governor Ron DeSantis is handling COVID-19, citing her arrest and a raid on her home last month.
Rebekah Jones Age
Rebekah Jones is 31 years old in 2020.
Earlier Life, Career
He graduated cum laude from SI Newhouse School of Public Communications and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University with a double major in earth science and journalism in 2012. He received a double master’s degree in geography and mass communication from Louisiana State University in 2014.
Jones was also a graduate student in the Florida State University Department of Geography from 2016 to 2018. He worked on a doctoral thesis titled Using Native American Site Landscapes to Extend the North American Paleotempestological Record Through Coupled Remote Sensing and climatological analysis. According to Jones, her doctoral work is in progress.
Jones was the geographic information science manager for the Florida Department of Health, where she helped create a geospatial presentation for Hurricane Michael. She was also involved in monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida.
In 2020, Jones was recognized by Fortune 40 Under 40 in Healthcare magazine for founding Florida COVID Action and her geospatial science expertise. On December 26 of that year, Jones was named Forbes Tech Person of the Year.
Arrest & Charge
On January 16, 2021, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an arrest warrant for Jones. Jones said that he was not allowed to speak to the media about the charges.
Jones has said that he lost his job after rejecting requests to manipulate data to suggest that Florida was ready to ease coronavirus restrictions. Jones says she is being punished for continuing to speak out about how Governor Ron DeSantis is handling COVID-19, citing her arrest and a raid on her home last month.
FDLE said in its statement that “evidence recovered from a search warrant on December 7 shows that Jones illegally accessed the system by sending a message to approximately 1,750 people and downloaded confidential data from FDOH and stored it on their devices.”
According to Jones, Florida investigators “found no evidence” related to the incident that officials said triggered the raid – a chat message that was sent to a planning group on an emergency alert platform, urging people to speak publicly about Florida’s coronavirus strategies. On Saturday, she wrote on Twitter, “Police found documents that I received/downloaded from sources in the state or something like that.”
Jones has had previous criminal charges in Florida. In the police raid, Jones was facing an active misdemeanor charge for allegedly cyberbullying a former student and romantic partner. He had also faced previous charges stemming from an alleged violation of a restraining order, but those charges were dropped.