Community Technology Advisory Board Welcomes New Members for 2021

Seattle IT and the Mayor’s Office are pleased to present three new appointments and three re-appointments to the Community Technology Advisory Board at the Council Transportation and Utilities Committee on January 20. The appointments were unanimously approved by members of the Committee and subsequently confirmed by the full City Council on January 25. The Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) welcomes new members Femi Adebayo, Nicole Espy, and Leah Shin. The reappointments are René Peters, Lassana Magassa, and Brandon Lindsey. The appointments… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle IT joins Seattle Promise program in mentorship project

We are pleased to announce that Seattle Information Technology (IT) department has partnered with the Seattle Promise Program in a pilot mentoring project for the 2020-2021 academic year.  The past year has proven to be a time of unprecedented change — from the global COVID-19 pandemic to the uprisings for racial justice– we are all facing challenges in how we interact, work, and learn.  Mentorship is a powerful… [ Keep reading ]

Data Privacy and Data Security – Which is which and who does what to protect the City’s critical data?

By Ginger Armbruster, Chief Privacy Officer Reflecting on this past year of change and turmoil, it is clear that the enormous volume of personal information involved with the increase in telework, transition to distance learning, and overall rapid switch to remote interactions with the world, has served to highlight how… [ Keep reading ]

How to avoid online holiday scams

Tis’ the season for online holiday shopping AND holiday scams! Be vigilant for any sketchy or unexpected calls, texts or email. Additionally, with so many of us working from home it’s important to keep our work and personal digital lives separate. Here are some tips that may help you avoid… [ Keep reading ]

CTAB has elected its 2021 leaders

The Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) has elected it’s leadership for 2021. René Peters and Camille Malonzo were elected CTAB Chair and Vice Chair, respectively. These two experienced technology leaders will steer the board of ten volunteers. The board helps to guide citywide decision making around issues of community-wide interest relating to information and communications technology. Peters is a… [ Keep reading ]

The City’s updated Privacy Statement: What does that mean to Seattle residents?

The City of Seattle’s Privacy Office has revised the City’s Privacy Statement and how the information is presented to residents and our customers. The updated Privacy Statement is a continuing commitment to the City’s responsibility to protect the public’s data. This commitment is even more important as we experience much of our work and life online… [ Keep reading ]

The City of Seattle seeks volunteers for the Community Technology Advisory Board: Shaping the future of technology and digital equity in Seattle

The City of Seattle is looking for volunteers to join the Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB). The 10-member board and its committees help guide city strategies and investments in information and communications technology. CTAB members advise Seattle’s information technology department, the Mayor and City Council on a range of issues,… [ Keep reading ]

Technology Matching Fund grant applications open for 2021

City of Seattle grants will again be offered to organizations working to close the digital divide; applications due Jan. 12, 2021 The City of Seattle is opening the 2021 round of applications for the Technology Matching Fund (TMF) grants. Community organizations and nonprofits are encouraged to apply for grants of… [ Keep reading ]

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

The City of Seattle has published the third set of draft of Surveillance Impact Reports (SIRs) for three of the 26 currently existing surveillance technologies, per the Surveillance Ordinance. We’re looking 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 ]