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Deadline coming for 2024 Digital Equity Grant application process; join the last virtual information session

The last virtual information session for the 2024 Digital Equity Grant application process will be held Thursday, November 2, from 5 – 6 p.m. Details on how to join the virtual session are below. Digital grant team members will review grant guidelines, applications, and review criteria. The final day to… [ Keep reading ]

Digital Inclusion: Building Connected Communities with Privacy Best Practices

As the leaves begin to turn colors, and the days get darker and a bit drizzlier, it can only mean that the holidays are approaching. And with the holidays and family merriment come the inevitable scams which tend to run parallel. Many of these fraud attempts seek to manipulate the… [ Keep reading ]

Refurbished laptops find new life at Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle

In honor of Digital Inclusion Week, October 2-6, City of Seattle Digital Equity staff members partnered with InterConnection, a non-profit organization that refurbishes computers to help connect underserved individuals to vital technology, to give Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle laptops. These laptops will be used by community members for digital… [ Keep reading ]

What does Digital Inclusion Week mean to me?

October 2-6 marks Digital Inclusion Week, a dedicated week to ensure that technology is not only a privilege but a fundamental right accessible to all. For me, Digital Inclusion Week symbolizes a collective effort to bridge the digital divide and ensure that no one is left behind in this ever-evolving… [ Keep reading ]

A transparent look into Seattle’s digital accessibility practices  

The Seattle.gov website is the gateway to digital interactions with the City of Seattle. The Digital Engagement Team developed the website’s About Our Digital Properties section to provide transparency into City practices. We display analytics about the website and explain the City’s approach to all public-facing web applications. The goal… [ Keep reading ]

Keep cool and stay safe with the City of Seattle Heat Safety webpage

Get tips and resources to stay safe and comfortable when the Seattle area experiences a heat wave.

Digital equity funding brings an extra hand to Seattle IT

The City of Seattle has been working to close the digital divide for more than 25 years. So, when the Workforce Development Council (WDC) received nearly a million dollars in funding from the Washington Department of Commerce to help bridge the digital equity gap, a partnership with the City came… [ Keep reading ]

LISTEN: Seattle IT’s Interim CTO Jim Loter talks AI on GeekWire podcast

It’s been a big year for artificial intelligence (AI) so far. After the research laboratory Open AI released a preview of the AI chatbot ChatGPT in November 2022, public familiarity with AI software began to rise sharply. Tech companies scrambled to capitalize on the moment. By the end of February 2023, Microsoft… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Tech Access Study hits a milestone with more than 4,000 Responders

Almost 4200 residents completed the City of Seattle’s recent Technology Access and Adoption community survey. Thank you to all those residents. Your voice matters! With their responses, we now have data to tell the story of how connected and technologically healthy we are as a community, and where challenges to… [ Keep reading ]

Key Digital Equity Resolutions Passed by US Conference of Mayors

By Jim Loter, Interim Chief Technology Officer, Seattle Information Technology At the 91st meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend, Mayor Bruce Harrell’s Technology and Innovation Committee approved a number of important resolutions that were adopted by the organization. Two of these resolutions are… [ Keep reading ]