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City of Seattle Adopts Generative AI Policy

In April, the Seattle Information Technology department issued an interim policy to provide guidance for City of Seattle employees to reduce the risks and mitigate potential harms of generative AI systems. Earlier this week, Seattle’s actions on this topic were featured by Government Technology in the article “Boston, Seattle Issue… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Annexation Map gets new life from the City’s GIS team

The Seattle IT department would be remiss if we did not acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe. Seattle is a bustling city known for technology,… [ Keep reading ]

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

People in the Seattle area are uniquely vulnerable to hot weather. Because the region has historically experienced mild summers, homes and businesses often lack cooling systems. To help area residents during heat waves, Seattle IT launched a webpage for heat safety on the City of Seattle’s website at https://seattle.gov/heat. The… [ Keep reading ]

Technology Matching Fund Grant applications due by Monday, April 17

The City of Seattle’s annual digital equity grant application process is closing soon! Technology Matching Fund (TMF) grant applications are due by Monday, April 17. This year, $545,000 is available for TMF grants. A minimum of $90,000 will be allocated to digital navigator projects. Non-profits and community groups with projects… [ Keep reading ]

Are you interested in serving on the City of Seattle’s Community Surveillance Working Group?

The City of Seattle is looking for volunteers to serve on the Community Surveillance Working Group (CSWG). The seven-member work group advises the Council and the Mayor’s Office on matters of surveillance technology from a community perspective. The Surveillance Ordinance took effect in 2018 and provides greater transparency to the… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle announces Digital Equity Grant Funding Opportunities

2023 applications for digital equity grant opportunities from the City of Seattle are now open for organizations and community groups looking to help close the digital divide. This year, the City is offering $545,000 for qualifying projects with Technology Matching Fund (TMF) grants. TMF grants of up to $45,000 will… [ Keep reading ]

Coming soon: 2023 Technology Matching Fund grant applications open Feb. 13

The City of Seattle’s annual digital equity grant application process is set to open Monday, February 13, 2023. This year, $545,000 is available for Technology Matching Fund (TMF) grants. A minimum of $90,000 will be allocated to digital navigator projects. The grant application cycle will be open for non-profits and… [ Keep reading ]

Data Privacy Week – plus a few best personal privacy practices

Article by Nathan Merrells, Sr. Privacy Specialist The holidaze has passed us by and we’ve rolled around yet again to January. Now is the time when we collectively reflect on our own lives and celebrate the lives of others, especially Martin Luther King, Jr. For many of us, it’s a… [ Keep reading ]

What maps have to do with digital equity

by Jon Morrison Winters, Digital Equity Program and Broadband Manager Lately, there has been a lot of talk about maps, especially the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) National Broadband Map. This new map is designed to display the availability of broadband in our country at the individual address level, and it… [ Keep reading ]

YWCA Works is using a loan to own program to close the digital divide

YWCA Works serves the White Center community with programs designed to improve disparities in income. Now, as a recipient of a 2022 Technology Matching Fund (TMF) grant from the City of Seattle, they will be able to address an inequity that opened up during the pandemic when so much of… [ Keep reading ]