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Comments to FCC support digital literacy and broadband

This week the City of Seattle and the Washington State Council on Digital Inclusion submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on proposed changes in rules that would expand telephone support programs to include broadband deployment and adoption. Comments support the FCC’s desire to use savings from the Lifeline… [ Keep reading ]

Startup Weekend Gov at City Hall April 27-29

The first Startup Weekend aimed at connecting local application developers, entrepreneurs and community members with online government data will take place on April 27, 28 and 29, in Seattle City Hall.   “We’re asking the technology and start-up communities to help us find new ways to use government data. Startup Weekend… [ Keep reading ]

City will stop operating Seattle WiFi on April 29th

The SeattleWiFi free community wireless service will be discontinued on April 29, 2012. For the past couple weeks a notice has been provided when users log on to the system. The pilot project has been serving the University District, Columbia City and four downtown parks (Steinbrueck, Occidental, Freeway, and Westlake)… [ Keep reading ]

Deadline Extended to May 18! Grant available to engage communities & neighborhoods using online technology

The City of Seattle is looking for up to 15 neighborhood and community projects that will receive up to $1,000 in matching funds and will also participate in workshops with experts in using social media. Apply Now! The deadline is Friday, May 18 at midnight. Our goal is to boost their capacity through a project that takes them 3 months or less to complete. This program is administered by Community Technology Program of the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology.

It Takes a Community to Bridge the Digital Divide Webinar Tues, 3/6 1 pm EST

David Keyes will be presenting in a national webinar on digital inclusion: Tuesday, March 6th ♦ 1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific. This will cover the national framework, local government roles, and building partnerships. Register and more: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webinars#mar6 In FCC Chairman Genachowski’s announcement of the sweeping Connect2Compete initiative to… [ Keep reading ]

Two openings on tech advisory board

Applications are being taken through Feb. 1st for two volunteer positions on City of Seattle Technology Advisory Board. The ten member Citizens’ Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB – seattle.gov/cttab) helps guide city strategies and investments in our digital future, including broadband deployment and adoption, Seattle Channel and Seattle.gov services, cable tv… [ Keep reading ]

Gig.U webinar on December 15

Communities that are interested in how the national Gig.U broadband project might benefit them are invited to register for a free webinar to be held on December 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET).    Sign up for “The Innovation Imperative: how your community can lead the next… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle refutes journalism professor’s criticism on data accessibility

Public accessibility of police data is a concern for everyone and a priority for the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department.  In 2010, almost all Seattle Police records were made available online to anyone with an Internet connection while at the same time safeguarding the privacy of crime… [ Keep reading ]

City partners with UW on fiber project

On November 14 Mayor Mike McGinn and University of Washington President Michael Young announced a partnership to solicit private proposals to provide high-speed fiber service to communities surrounding the UW campus. For the first time, Seattle will offer to lease access to its unused “dark fiber” to allow private companies… [ Keep reading ]

CTTAB to meet on Nov. 15

The Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB) will meet Tuesday, November 15, 6-8 pm, at Seattle Municipal Tower, 27th floor conference room, at 700 Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle.  The agenda includes a discussion of the proposed Apps for Seattle Contest. We’ll be talking about goals, success metrics and… [ Keep reading ]