Technology

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Rep. Peter Welch is urging Vermonters to contact the Federal Communications Commission and show their support for Obama-era net neutrality rules. Welch says net neutrality is vital to the U.S. economy.

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If you use Google Maps on your phone to find a business in Bennington, you may end up in the tiny town of Woodford. That's because a glitch in the map app fails to recognize many locations in the largest town in southwestern Vermont.

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A group of students at the University of Vermont is finishing up a semester in a class where they were encouraged to fail early and often in order to ultimately succeed in solving a problem.

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As concerns increase over internet privacy and the safety of personal information, Vermont is considering a bill to look closer into the activities of "data brokers."

A South Burlington High School student accused of making email and phone threats against the school last week is in jail and facing federal charges.

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Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill that would make the state the first in the nation to monitor the far-reaching activities of so-called "data brokers."

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In the midst of a national discussion about whether the tech industry is welcoming to women, we're plugging into the local community and asking what's top of mind for women in tech.

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For many Vermonters, a broadband connection to the internet is an essential facet of 21st century life, and yet there are some who can't afford it. A group in Newport is organizing a wireless network that will offer high-speed internet access at a price that low-income residents of the city can afford.

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When gamers enter a virtual world, they're typically in a futuristic battlefield, or maybe behind the wheel of a race car — not in a barn.

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A massive security breach at the Vermont Department of Labor may have compromised the Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of Vermonters, and Gov. Phil Scott says the state is contemplating legal action against the private vendor responsible for the breach.

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Vermont has had some well-documented challenges with big IT projects over the years. But these digital infrastructure projects are important to a functioning and efficient state government, and Governor Phil Scott has formed a team to tackle the issue.

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Government and academic leaders met with representatives from Vermont businesses and non-profits on Friday to help improve cybersecurity awareness, and a big part of that effort was reframing cybersecurity as something that everyone at an organization is responsible for.

IBM and the Vermont Electric Power Company have teamed up to form a new technology company to help manage the electricity grid.

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A new state report shows that police in Vermont are changing the way they use automatic license plate readers.

The Public Service Board has renewed Comcast's certificate of public good.

The cable company is required to have its CPG renewed every 11 years, and the board issued its order late last week after a year of hearings.

A startup in South Burlington wants to get in on the ground floor of a coming revolution in small satellites. GreenScale Technologies is developing tiny propulsion systems for these small satellites.

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On Monday morning, new data was released on police traffic stops from more than two dozen local police departments in Vermont. The researchers who compiled the data say black and Hispanic drivers are significantly more likely to be stopped by police in Vermont than white drivers.

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Officials at the Burlington Electric Department spent much of their holiday weekend cleaning up someone else’s mess.

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Officials at the Burlington Electric Department discovered malware on a Burlington Electric laptop Friday that was identified as part of the Russian hacking offensive, utility officials confirmed Friday evening.

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News of hacks are filling the headlines: from election-shaking political intrusions to huge breaches at companies like Yahoo. It means that many people are paying new attention to questions about cybersecurity. 

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