Technology

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The Shumin administration says it plans to release tens of thousands of emails that it sought permission to delete several weeks ago.

The administration says any emails related to an investigation of alleged fraud with the state's EB-5 program were previously separated out and were never slated to be destroyed.

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In Ecuador, humanitarian workers are on the ground to people recover and rebuild after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit the country on April 16.

Four days after the disaster struck, in a computer lab at the University of Vermont, another group of humanitarian volunteers assemble to do their part to help the relief efforts.

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Bill Maris is the founder and CEO of GV. It's a venture capital firm backed by Google with more than $2 billion in its investment portfolio.

GV is actually the second business Maris has started. The first, Burlee.com, was one of the first web hosting companies in the country. He founded it in the late '90s in Burlington.

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According to a federal report, Vermont is one of three states that have experienced security problems with their health care exchanges. But the Shumlin Administration says these problems were fixed more than a year ago.

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Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information on hundreds of thousands of people.

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In a shared office space above a coffee shop in Barre, a small startup company is making lofty plans. And like with so many other big ideas, one of the first stops on this journey was a trip to the local library.

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Anyone who has brought a Wi-Fi-enabled device to Church Street in Burlington recently has helped with market research for businesses along the pedestrian mall, according to the top official in charge of the Church Street Marketplace.

Google Street View is going indoors in Rutland. Working with the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Google photographers are taking 360 degree interior pictures of Rutland businesses that have signed on and paid for the service.

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The collection of time-and-place snapshots of vehicles’ whereabouts in Vermont is on the rise for the third straight year, according to an annual report filed with the Legislature.

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The Shumlin administration is planning to scuttle existing plans for major technology upgrades that would centralize social services data for the Agency of Human Services. 

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Public transportation passengers in parts of Vermont will soon be able to buy tickets and track busses on their cell phones. It's part of an overall effort to move to a paperless system for what's soon to be known as Green Mountain Transit.

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Vermont's Open Meeting Law requires that all meetings of public committees be open and accessible to the public — and in today's world of electronic communication the state says this applies to emails, too. 

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Local police officers and other government agencies got a crash course in social media last week. Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo organized two training sessions at the University of Vermont and the Burlington Police department last Thursday. 

Last year, lawmakers appointed a special committee to scrutinize information technology projects in state government. This week, the three-person panel issued its recommendations.

The report urges government officials to consider the creation of a cabinet-level position in state government to oversee IT projects. It also calls for longer-term planning for IT ventures.

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This week the Vermont Senate has taken up a wide-ranging electronic privacy bill that would apply to data from a broad array of sources: license-plate readers, phone calls, even drones. We're exploring what the bill covers, and whether it strikes the right balance between the privacy rights of individual Vermonters and the needs of law enforcement. 

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Lawmakers introduced a bill last week that would make it against the law for drivers to refuse to allow police to search their cell phones without a warrant. The searches would be “for the limited purpose of enabling the officer to ascertain whether the operator violated” Vermont’s law against using handheld electronics while driving, according to the legislation.

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Vermont's decades-old statewide videoconferencing system is days away from being dismantled. But a central Vermont man who has fought the dissolution of Vermont Interactive Technologies is now taking his fight to court.

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Once upon a time the phone book was an integral part of every home reference library; a source of emergency contacts, a map of time zones, a listing of area codes from here to Alaska – and all those phone numbers. 

But FairPoint Communications says it is no longer issuing residential phone listings in New Hampshire and Maine. However, the printed residential phone directory lives on in Vermont. At least for now.

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Earlier this year, the chipmaker GlobalFoundries took over the former IBM plant in Essex Junction. Now there’s talk that GlobalFoundries itself might be sold.

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Vermont's state government has a long, backlogged list of information technology projects — potentially totaling more than $1 billion in the next five years. That much spending is hard to budget for — and harder still with the way Vermont now pays for many of these projects.

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