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Low-income internet support program at risk of losing federal funding. What you can do to help save the Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal benefit that helps qualifying low-income households pay for internet service and devices. Since its creation in January 2022, the ACP has grown to help over 22 million U.S. households (roughly one in six Americans) access the internet. More than 36,000 households in… [ 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 ]

Deadline coming for 2024 Digital Equity Grant application process; join the last virtual information session

The last virtual information session for the 2024 Digital Equity Grant application process will be held Thursday, November 2, from 5 – 6 p.m. Details on how to join the virtual session are below. Digital grant team members will review grant guidelines, applications, and review criteria. The final day to… [ 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 ]

Refurbished laptops find new life at Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle

In honor of Digital Inclusion Week, October 2-6, City of Seattle Digital Equity staff members partnered with InterConnection, a non-profit organization that refurbishes computers to help connect underserved individuals to vital technology, to give Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle laptops. These laptops will be used by community members for digital… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Leverages Collaboration to Accelerate 5G Deployment

The City of Seattle is enabling higher capacity wireless networks in Seattle through interdepartmental cooperation and collaboration between the City and the cellular industry. The City has worked with our industry partners for over two years to accelerate the expansion of ultrafast fifth-generation (“5G”) wireless services throughout Seattle. According to… [ Keep reading ]

The Seattle IT Vendor Forum is back: Register today!

Calling all technology companies that are interested in working with the City of Seattle! Join us at the 2023 Vendor Forum at Seattle City Hall and meet us face-to-face for the first time since 2019. Like many in-person events, our Vendor Forum has been on hiatus during the pandemic. Now… [ 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 ]