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Internet and wireless providers pledge to make it easier to access broadband amid coronavirus crisis

The Federal Communications Commission recently introduced a broadband and telecom industry measure called Keep Americans Connected pledge. The 60-day pledge, announced March 13, calls on telecom companies to help people remain connected amid the coronavirus outbreak.  So far, virtually every major company in the U.S. broadband and telecom businesses, including… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle launches open archive of City’s social media networks

Social media has transformed civic engagement. Cities like Seattle are using social media to share information, engage with residents, and deliver services more quickly and effectively than ever before – but accessing past social media content can be a challenge. Detailed searches of the City’s social media sites are now… [ 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 ]

Mitigating privacy risks of evolving technology

By Ginger Armbruster, Chief Privacy Officer A new decade means new tech. As emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning disrupt every industry, government must capitalize on opportunities to operate more efficiently and deliver better services while mitigating threats to cybersecurity and protecting privacy. Enter the City of Seattle’s Privacy Office, part of the… [ 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 ]