City of Seattle named Digital Inclusion Trailblazer

Seattle only city to be recognized with all six qualifiers The City of Seattle was named as a Digital Inclusion Trailblazer once again by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA). Digital Inclusion Trailblazers is a public inventory of local government initiatives promoting digital literacy and broadband access for underserved residents. “I’m so proud Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle named Digital Inclusion Trailblazer

In these times, when internet access has played a vital role to connect to our community, the work of the Community Technology & Broadband is an important asset to the City of Seattle. The Seattle IT team is behind the work that garnered a Digital Inclusion Trailblazer designation once again by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA). Digital Inclusion… [ Keep reading ]

Path with Art transforms programming with grant funding

When the pandemic hit, and society as we knew it, had to change, Path with Art had to adapt to continue their mission. The nonprofit group fosters the restoration of the effects of trauma through arts engagement. They use dance, painting, theater, poetry, and others forms of art to overcome… [ Keep reading ]

Asset whisperers …Seattle IT’s Asset Management Team

The Asset Management team is a trusted partner at the core of Seattle Information Technology (Seattle IT) operations. They assist in managing, tracking, and fulfilling all IT related goods in order for our staff to deploy and support technology operations. This includes device hardware and software, technology infrastructure, telecom, networking… [ Keep reading ]

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

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

Internet for All Seattle Update Report

The Seattle Information Technology Department’s Community Technology team presented the Internet for All Seattle Update Report at the May 19 City Council Transportation and Utilities Committee (presentation). The Internet for All (IFA) Update Report follows up on the first Internet for All Seattle Report from September 2020 and summarizes progress on initial strategies to increase access and adoption of affordable and reliable… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Information Technology (Seattle IT) celebrates strides on Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Thursday, May 20 marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day set aside annually to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion. More than a billion people live every day with disabilities and impairments that inhibit their ability to experience web-based services the way others do. When access is considered… [ Keep reading ]

Meet Seattle Information Technology’s (Seattle IT’s) Radio Shop team

Seattle IT’s Radio team is the hands-on enabler of emergency communications throughout the city, ensuring radio systems and signals are operational and robust. They are a jack of all trades team who travel the city climbing into the trunks of police cars, fire engines and Seattle Public Utility (SPU) trucks… [ Keep reading ]

Need help with internet costs? Discounts of up to $50 per month now available through the national Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to qualifying low-income households

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in collaboration with internet service provider companies, has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households (and up to $75 per month… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks utilizes Webex to bring their services to the public

Seattle Parks and Recreation (Seattle Parks) needed to make the same change a year ago as many organizations: how do they deliver in-person services to the public, without being in person? Due to the pandemic, Seattle Parks was required to shut down in-person trainings, classes, and social hours at all their community centers.   By utilizing Seattle Information Technology’s… [ Keep reading ]