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Seattle Parks utilizes Webex to bring their services to the public

Seattle Parks and Recreation (Seattle Parks) needed to make the same change a year ago as many organizations: how do they deliver in-person services to the public, without being in person? Due to the pandemic, Seattle Parks was required to shut down in-person trainings, classes, and social hours at all their community centers.   By utilizing Seattle Information Technology’s… [ 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 ]

Washington’s Privacy Act among flurry of state privacy bills

By Ginger Armbruster, Chief Privacy Officer Today is International Data Privacy Day, a holiday meant to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. To mark the occasion, Seattle Information Technology’s Privacy Office offers an overview of a few proposed privacy laws in the state of Washington that… [ 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 ]

Data Privacy Day, prime time to think about a new, improved digital you

Content provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance When Americans reflect back on the previous year and think about their aspirations for 2020, common goals range from getting more exercise to improving finances to eating healthier. At the beginning of a new decade in today’s hyper-connected world, it’s prime time to think… [ Keep reading ]

Cable TV fees to increase, Feb. 1

Many may not know the Seattle Information Technology Department regulates cable television providers offering service in Seattle and responds to consumer questions and issues. With an increase in cable TV fees on the horizon, the City’s Office of Cable Communications advises Seattle cable subscribers to watch for notices from their… [ Keep reading ]

Cyber safety first for last-minute holiday shopping

Content courtesy of the National Cyber Security Alliance Have some last-minute gifts to tick off your list but prefer to make purchases online instead of in the aisle? As the the window for online purchase delivery dwindles, give yourself the gift of cyber safety. According to the National Retail Federation,… [ 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 ]

Tech Talk Tuesday: Using Data to Improve the Health of Seattle’s Open Data Inventory Paul Alley, Open Data Manager, City of Seattle April 2019

With 30 departments represented across more than 250 open datasets (and counting), the City of Seattle’s Open Data inventory has grown significantly since data.seattle.gov was launched in 2010. While this growth has contributed to the success and reputation of Seattle’s Open Data Program, it also comes with a responsibility to… [ Keep reading ]