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 ]

Applying design thinking to digital government

At the center of Seattle.gov’s online news feed is its dozens of City department blogs featuring updates from parks, police, public utilities and more. In this post, Beverly Slabosky, user experience program lead, outlines the collaborative design-thinking approach a team of city employees applied to update Citywide blog templates. Two… [ Keep reading ]

Technology Matching Fund grant applications open for 2020

Fund invests in community projects to improve digital literacy, access to technology The Seattle Information Technology Department is opening the Technology Matching Fund’s 2020 cycle in conjunction with Digital Inclusion Week (Oct. 7 -11), an opportunity to raise awareness about digital inequities and nationwide efforts to close the digital divide. … [ Keep reading ]

What is a Cybersecurity Threat?

A Cybersecurity threat is the threat of a malicious act resulting in an adversary attempting to gain unauthorized access to a system. They are often launched by criminal or politically motivated groups looking to steal money, data, intellectual property, or simply to disrupt normal operations of their target.    Defining… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle invests $320,000 to improve digital literacy, access to technology

Eleven Technology Matching Fund recipients aim to close digital divide The Seattle City Council approved $320,000 in funding for community-led projects that increase digital literacy. The Technology Matching Fund grants were awarded to 11 projects that will reach an estimated 3,000 residents, increasing their access to technology and digital skills… [ Keep reading ]

Tech Talk Tuesday: Summer webinars offer tips on building to meet demand for broadband

More than half of Seattleites live in apartments, condominiums and townhomes, known as multiple-dwelling-units or MDUs. And permitting records show nearly 81 percent of Seattle’s new housing builds are MDUs. These residents want access to abundant, high-speed broadband. They rate it as the top amenity when considering a place to… [ Keep reading ]

Tech Talk Tuesday: New Dataset Helps Fuel Parking Choices for Seattle Drivers

One of the most comprehensive parking datasets ever released by a major U.S. city is now available to Seattle residents and visitors to help cut down on time spent searching for a parking spot. This paid parking occupancy data dates back to 2012 and will help drivers make data-driven parking… [ Keep reading ]