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Looking back at 2016, a year of movement and reaffirmation

In many ways, 2016 was a year of both progress and reaffirmation. Time and again, our community stepped up to care for its most vulnerable residents, showed the world our spirit of inclusiveness and demonstrated what it means to put progressive values into action. Here’s a look back at how we kept momentum and set the […]

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Mayor Murray recommends funding 22 projects to promote digital equity

Mayor Ed Murray today transmitted legislation recommending 22 recipients of the City’s 2015 Technology Matching Fund for projects that will assist more than 14,900 residents in need and help to further the City’s digital equity goals. Once approved by the Seattle City Council, a total of $470,000 will be distributed to community organizations throughout the […]

Your rights during a cable outage

If you were one of the more than 33,000 households impacted by today’s Comcast’s widespread cable outage, you have some recourse under the franchise agreement and the City of Seattle’s Cable Customer Bill of Rights. Make sure that you report your outage by calling 1-800-COMCAST (266-2278). For this particular outage, the Bill of Rights specifically allows […]

Seattle Center visitors now enjoy fast, free Wi-Fi

Mayor Murray today unveiled a new free Wi-Fi service at Seattle Center. The service, which serves tens of thousands of people simultaneously, was developed in partnership with Microsoft.

Mayor, officials weigh in on historic FCC votes

“High-quality, high-speed Internet is essential to an open society and I thank the FCC for allowing municipalities to make local choices about how to increase competition for high-speed Internet that is appropriate for their cities.”

City Adopts Privacy Principles to Protect the Public

City Council unanimously approved a resolution on Monday to provide a framework for dealing with current and future technologies that impact privacy. This is a major step with the adoption of six privacy principles guiding the actions the City will take when collecting and using information from the public. The Council also established an August 2015 reporting deadline […]

Seattle poised to be leader in protecting resident privacy

The City of Seattle has taken the initial step toward becoming one of the first cities in the nation to establish its own privacy principles to protect personal information.

$470,000 in matching funds offered for technology projects; applications due March 19

The City of Seattle invites community organizations and nonprofits to apply for nearly $500,000 in funding to increase digital equity. The Technology Matching Fund awards are matched by the community’s contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services or funding.

City of Seattle continues to explore options to deliver affordable, high-speed internet to consumers

Yesterday in Cedar Falls, Iowa, President Obama unveiled his plan to enable local governments to provide fast and affordable internet options for consumers. The Mayor’s office staff and the City’s Department of Information Technology are excited to look into the President’s proposals more in-depth to figure out how they play into the work we have already begun in Seattle.

Body cameras, new uniforms coming to Seattle Police

Today, Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole outlined the department’s new pilot project on body-worn cameras, as well as unveiled the new uniforms officers will be wearing as they police Seattle streets.