Information Technology

Burlington partners with US Ignite, aiming to be next ‘great tech city’

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the city’s partnership with US Ignite, an organization promoting tech cities, during a news conference at Dealer.com’s rooftop solarium on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Mayor Miro Weinberger’s optimistic vision of the city includes a rich ecosystem of tech companies and innovators spurring growth and opportunity.

New website looks to tackle Vermont’s high-tech ‘brain drain’

Lawrence Miller, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, discussed the importance of internships for Vermont’s younger workforce during a news conference at the Competitive Computing offices in Colchester on Thursday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The Vermont Technology Council launches Vermont Internships, a website designed to match high-achieving college students with technology companies.

State announces ‘open data’ pilot project

Vermont's statewide voter database has been criticized by the state auditor, but vigorously defended by state elections officials. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

As Vermont’s state government takes its first baby step into the giant world of open data, the state’s civic hackers are lining up to help.

90 percent of Vermonters can now text 911

David Tucker, executive director of Vermont's Enhanced 911 board, demonstrates how 911 texting works in the Statehouse in Montpelier on Monday. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

With the new system, Vermont will be the first in the country to provide statewide 911 texting.

Tropical Storm Irene: Ruined state records get the freezer treatment

Clean-up after Hurricane Irene, Waterbury, VT,

Approximately 500 boxes of important state documents were soaked when floodwaters damaged the Department of Environmental Conservation.

State regulators say universal broadband is within reach

Chris Campbell. VTD/Taylor Dobbs

Internet speeds vary considerably from town to town.

Libraries budgets strained by recession, technology demands

Technology competes with books for shrinking library dollars. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

Fundraising is becoming more and more a part of the budget picture.

Cost of health care IT projects to top $427 million over five years

StockXchng image of stethoscope and calculator.

Outside consultant says payback will be slow, but state officials say the benefits of a unified IT system are invaluable.

State makes contingency plans for technical problems in exchange

Robin Lunge, center left, the state's director of health care reform, and Richard Boes, commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation, address a meeting of the Health and Oversight Committee at the Statehouse on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

The Shumlin administration has fewer than 100 days to open a new Web-based health insurance market for more than 100,000 Vermonters.

$5 million cell phone expansion grant to VTel under question

VTel president Michel Guite testifies before the House Commerce committee in January 2013. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

The uncertainty over the $5 million grant comes just weeks after the state withdrew two other grants to VTel, together worth $3.4 million that were intended to fund high-speed Internet broadband.

Media futurist and journalist Dan Gillmor to speak at Champlain College

Dan Gillmor

The internationally renowned expert on citizen journalism and digital media will talk about “Transparency in the New World of Social Media and Journalism.”

Bill establishing social media privacy protections tabled for further study

Dick Sears

The decision comes after pressure from law enforcement and the Shumlin administration to delay passage of a bill this year.

Residents in governor’s hometown wary of universal broadband promises

VTel president Michel Guite testifies before the House Commerce committee in January 2013. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

The VTel project aims to reach Vermont’s remotest offline areas via 200 wireless sites.

State telecomm official had dinner with VTel CEO the day before $5 million grant was given final approval

ConnectVT's Karen Marshall. VTD/Josh Larkin

Marshall joined VTel as the new president of the firm’s Data Network, in a decision announced on Jan. 8.

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