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Seattle’s Next Chief Technology Officer: Mayor Harrell Appoints Accomplished Government Executive and IT Leader Rob Lloyd

(This article was originally published by the Office of the Mayor on May 30, 2024) Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he has selected Rob Lloyd as Seattle’s next Interim Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Director of the Information Technology Department (IT) following a national search. An accomplished government and technology… [ Keep reading ]

Watch a recording of the May 21 presentation and discussion of the City of Seattle’s 2024 Seattle Technology Access & Adoption Study

Recorded on May 21, 2024, this presentation reviews the findings of the 2024 Seattle Technology Access & Adoption Study, conducted via survey and focus groups by the City of Seattle with 4600 residents. The session shares data and insight on internet access and use, devices, digital skills, civic participation, training… [ Keep reading ]

You’re invited to our virtual event! Digital Equity/Inequity in Seattle: Learning from 2024 Seattle Technology Access & Adoption Study community research

Join us for a data discovery and discussion session as Seattle IT presents Digital Equity/Inequity in Seattle: Learning from 2024 Seattle Technology Access & Adoption Study presentation and discussion on Tuesday, May 21, from 3-4 p.m. with an optional extended conversation from 4-4:30 p.m. This virtual Webex event is an… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle is a finalist for Smart Cities Award for Digital Equity and Accessibility: Your vote is needed!

The City of Seattle has been named a finalist in the IDC Government Insights Smart Cities North America Awards in the Digital Equity and Accessibility category. This award recognizes Seattle Information Technology’s Digital Engagement Team for its Inclusive Design Initiatives. “The Smart Cities awards showcase how the public sector is… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Named One of Nation’s Digital Inclusion Trailblazers

Seattle recognized as a “Visionary” in the Trailblazer program The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) named Seattle a 2023 Digital Inclusion Trailblazer, recognizing the City’s efforts to close the digital divide. As the pandemic demonstrated, digital inclusion – access to affordable high-speed internet, devices, and digital skills training – is… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Seeks New Members to Serve on the Community Technology Advisory Board — Apply Now through November 30

The City of Seattle seeks volunteers to join the Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB). The 10-member board and its committees help guide city strategies and investments in information and communications technology. CTAB members advise the Seattle Information Technology Department (Seattle IT), the Mayor, and City Council on a range of… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle releases Generative Artificial Intelligence Policy defining responsible use for City employees

The City of Seattle has released the Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy this week. The final policy comes after a six-month working period with the Generative AI Advisory Team and City employees. The policy takes a principle-based approach to governing the use of Generative AI based on the City’s governing… [ 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 ]

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 ]