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Pay attention parents – your kids might be outsmarting you on the internet

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Stephen Balkam, who has been working in the internet space since the mid-90’s, thought he knew enough about technology to ground his daughter from the internet for a week. He was wrong. Balkam, CEO of Family Online Safety Institute, said the problem started when he found out his daughter was […]

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How fast is your internet? Indiana’s broadband map will tell you

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s lieutenant governor’s office has taken the first steps toward extending the reach of broadband internet connections to rural areas. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch announced last week that the Indiana broadband map is up and running with more interactive features that show Hoosiers available internet connection speeds across the state. Citizens […]

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3.8 million Hoosiers affected by Equifax breach

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Following a recent data breach, all Hoosiers are advised to check their credit score to ensure their personal information is safe. Equifax, a company that checks credit reports and scores, released Thursday that a data breach occurred between mid-May and July, causing 143 million Americans to have their information […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: New tool aims to hold telemarketers, hackers accountable

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 14th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — As scammers and hackers target Hoosiers and their pocketbooks, legislators are searching for a cure. House Enrolled Act 1444 works to strengthen the law when it […]

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Hoosier tech company to create 185 new jobs

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A cloud-based software company, myCOI, is expanding in Indianapolis and plans to create 185 high wage jobs by 2021. MyCOI tracks and manages certificates of insurance allowing companies to avoid uninsured claims, underinsured claims, costly litigation and failed audits. Founder and CEO Kristen Nunery said the company is excited […]

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Indiana’s first Internet of Things lab to open this summer

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is preparing for the future of flying cars and self-operating washing machines by investing in what tech gurus call “the Internet of Things.” The goal behind the Internet of Things is applying the Internet to everyday devices from wearable fitness bands to farm tractors. Devices that connect to […]

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Potential new penalties for criminal misuse of drones

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are working to develop specific  language in a bill that would create penalties for Hoosiers who fly drones and knowingly violate a person’s “reasonable expectation of privacy.” “What is a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy?” Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, asked. “To one person their privacy means one thing, […]

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Designated tweeters deliver running commentary for State of the State

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In addition to print, TV and radio reporters covering Gov. Eric Holcomb’s first State of the State address Tuesday night, five people sat in the audience with their fingers flying. Those five individuals — including talk radio host Tony Katz and Gina Leckron, state director for Habitat for Humanity […]

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Indiana’s technology industry renaissance

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Graduates looking for a career in Indiana’s technology sector won’t have to move to the Silicon Valley to find their dream job. Recently Indiana has been experiencing a technology revolution. The technology sector in Indiana is one of the fastest growing sectors in Indiana right now according to Tech […]

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Old phones help survivors of domestic abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Outdated and unused cellphones are giving hope to survivors of domestic violence. From now until the end of the month, first lady Karen Pence is hosting her third annual HopeLine from Verizon phone drive. HopeLine provides new phones equipped with 3,000 minutes to survivors so they can stay in touch with family, […]

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