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Community Technology Advisory Board welcomes new members

The Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) recently welcomed new members: Camille Malonzo, a software engineer at Microsoft; Dr. Lassana Magassa, a recent doctorate degree recipient in information science from the University of Washington’s Information School (UW iSchool); Brandon Lindsey, a nonprofit and educational consultant; and Dr. Tyrone Grandison, a technologist,… [ Keep reading ]

New online water outage map provides customers with real-time information

No one likes to experience a water outage at their home or business. Even a short time, being without water to drink, shower, cook or wash our hands can be a hardship. While Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) works around the clock to maintain one of the most reliable drinking water… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle invests $320,000 to improve digital literacy, access to technology

Verizon Foundation contributes additional $25,000 to help bridge digital divide The City of Seattle today announced the recipients of the 2020 Technology Matching Fund. With an investment of $345,000, 15 organizations will receive funding for community-led projects which aim to increase access to technology and provide digital skills training for… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle IT helps power giant free health clinic at Seattle Center

Stephen Burke, Seattle IT desktop support technician, is marking his sixth year creating a complex online network to power and connect the Seattle/King County Health Clinic, a giant free health clinic at Seattle Center, Feb. 13 to 16. The volunteer-driven event provides free dental, vision, and medical to anyone who… [ Keep reading ]

2020 Census is first high-tech count, what’s at stake?

When the next United States Census arrives in April 2020, it will be the nation’s first high-tech count, with residents encouraged to primarily respond to the census survey online. We now live in a world in which more local governments are using data to guide their decisions. There’s a lot… [ Keep reading ]

South Park Information and Resources Center Celebrates Successful First Year of Operation

In 2018, its first year of operation, with just 20 laptops and one instructor, the South Park Information and Resources Center enrolled 85 people, predominantly Latino, who were looking to sharpen their digital expertise. Funding from the Center came from a Technology Matching Fund grant that was awarded to help… [ Keep reading ]

Road Map to Connecting the Under-connected – Towns and cities at core of digital inclusion policies and partnerships

By David Keyes, Digital Equity Program Manager, City of Seattle and Amina Fazlullah, Mozilla Fellow 2018 A dozen chattering four-year-old’s pile into the tech learning lab, scamper for their chairs, and jump into their ABCMouse online learning activities. These future technology leaders don’t need to see the link to city… [ Keep reading ]

Digital Equity Community Gathers to Build Cross-Sector Collaboration

A gathering of more than 40 community members resolute on co-designing a network dedicated to resource sharing and collaboration around digital equity took place on October 25, 2018. The event, hosted by Seattle Information Technology’s Community Technology team, brought together participants from a wide range of organizations and institutions dedicated… [ Keep reading ]

Benchmarking Success: Teens Succeed as Design Thinkers

In a quiet corner of First Hill’s popular Frye Art Museum sits a beautiful bench that is not just for sitting, it has a story and is the focal point of a unique exhibit. The bench represents the brain child and months of work by an ambitious group of teenagers… [ Keep reading ]