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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 ]

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 ]

PROVAIL expands assistive technology lab with Technology Matching Fund grant

Each year Technology Matching Fund (TMF) grants are awarded to organizations that endeavor to help close the digital divide. They use grants, of up to $25,000 to provide digital skills training for underserved communities. The Technology Matching Fund partnered with the Verizon Foundation to provide $25,000 for PROVAIL’s project in 2020, allowing us to support one additional project in 2020. The 2021 Technology Mathing… [ Keep reading ]

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 ]

Beware of Tax Season scams

Tax season is officially underway way. Taxes are due on May 17 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 ]