2021 Technology Matching Fund grant recipients announced

The City of Seattle today announced the recipients of the 2021 Technology Matching Fund. With an investment of $343,000, 15 organizations will receive funding for community-led projects which aim to increase access to technology and provide digital skills training for underserved communities. The grants range from $11,000 to $25,000, and organizations… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Information Technology supports the Lumen Field vaccination clinic

Seattle is a trailblazing city, especially when it comes to technology, global health, airplanes, and shopping, just to name a few. And now, after a year dealing with the coronavirus, we can also add pandemic management to that list. Seattle has the dubious distinction of being the first major US city… [ Keep reading ]

Beware of Tax Season scams

Tax season is officially underway way. Taxes are due on April 15 this year. During tax season, the risk of scams increases with scammers targeting taxpayers and their data in order to file fraudulent tax returns, collect refunds, and engage in other identity theft schemes. Seattle Information Technology’s Security Team… [ Keep reading ]

Open Data Day 2021

by Seattle Information Technology Chief Privacy Officer Ginger Armbruster The City of Seattle has been a national leader in municipal data transparency since we first introduced our Open Data Portal in 2010. Seattle IT worked with a local company, Socrata, to partner in this vision, supported by a 2016 executive… [ Keep reading ]

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 ]