Third Public Comment Period Opening for Technologies Subject to the City’s Surveillance Ordinance

The City of Seattle has published thethirdset of draft of Surveillance Impact Reports (SIRs) forthreeof the 26currently existing surveillance technologies, per the Surveillance Ordinance. We’relooking for the public’s input on the SIRs to help the provide Council with insight into community perspective and ensure City policies responsibly govern the use… [ Keep reading ]

Get schooled on cybersecurity: online learning security tips for students and parents

Courtesy of the National Cybersecurity Alliance in collaboration with Educause As K-12 schools adopt fully online or blended virtual and in-person learning environments, it is important to understand some basic cybersecurity steps students and parents can take to make sure they move to the top of the class securely. October… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan and Seattle City Council release Internet for All gap analysis report

Action Plan to increase access to internet and close the digital divide SEATTLE (September 16, 2020) – Following up on the Internet for All Initiative announced earlier this summer, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Seattle City Councilmembers Lorena Gonzalez, Alex Pedersen and Debora Juarez announced the release of the initial… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle recognized as a leader in sustainable electronics procurement

The City of Seattle has been recognized as a 2020 EPEAT Purchaser Award winner, which celebrates leaders in sustainable electronics procurement. The award comes from the Green Electronics Council (GEC), the nonprofit organization that manages the EPEAT ecolabel. EPEAT stands forElectronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool. EPEAT allows the Seattle Information… [ Keep reading ]

Community Technology Advisory Board welcomes new members

The Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) recently welcomed new members: Camille Malonzo, a software engineer at Microsoft; Dr. Lassana Magassa, a recent doctorate degree recipient in information science from the University of Washington’s Information School (UW iSchool); Brandon Lindsey, a nonprofit and educational consultant; and Dr. Tyrone Grandison, a technologist,… [ Keep reading ]

New online water outage map provides customers with real-time information

No one likes to experience a water outage at their home or business. Even a short time, being without water to drink, shower, cook or wash our hands can be a hardship. While Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) works around the clock to maintain one of the most reliable drinking water… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle, Comcast invest $100K to address digital equity

Reprinted from Seattle Office of Economic Development‘s Bottom Line blog The City of Seattle Office of Economic Development(OED)has launched theDigital Bridgepilotprogramto equip low-income job seekers with free laptops andbroadbandconnectivity. This pilot program is apartnership withComcast,Seattle Jobs Initiative(SJI),Seattle Information Technology Department(Seattle IT),Technology and SocialChange Group(TASCHA)at the University of Washington Information School,… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle invests $320,000 to improve digital literacy, access to technology

Verizon Foundation contributes additional $25,000 to help bridge digital divide The City of Seattle today announced the recipients of the 2020 Technology Matching Fund. With an investment of $345,000, 15 organizations will receive funding for community-led projects which aim to increase access to technology and provide digital skills training for… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle IT launches new mobile app for restaurant takeout map

A new mobile app version of the City of Seattle’s #SupportPugetSoundSmallBiz map, a popular regional interactive map connecting residents with takeout and delivery options during Washington’s stay-at-home order, is now accessible via iOS and Android. Seattle Information Technology’s Geographic Information System (GIS) team launched the free mobile app to allow swift… [ Keep reading ]

Internet and wireless providers pledge to make it easier to access broadband amid coronavirus crisis

The Federal Communications Commission recently introduced a broadband and telecom industry measure called Keep Americans Connected pledge. The 60-day pledge, announced March 13, calls on telecom companies to help people remain connected amid the coronavirus outbreak.  So far, virtually every major company in the U.S. broadband and telecom businesses, including… [ Keep reading ]