Seattle IT remaps during the Seattle Squeeze

When the work and planning to permanently close the Alaskan Way Viaduct started months ago, Seattle IT’s GIS team was preparing to support the process. The team needed to update maps and data for each phase of the Viaduct closure and tunnel opening. As construction crews made changes in the… [ Keep reading ]

Technology Matching Fund Workshops: What You Missed

The City of Seattle recently held three workshops to help understand how to apply for the Technology Matching Fund Grant program. Missed one of the workshops? No problem! Here’s some information designed to get you up-to-speed on the application process. So, what is the Technology Matching Fund? Technology Matching Fund… [ Keep reading ]

Running a Complex IT Service in a Rapidly Changing Environment

I’m honored to have been confirmed by the City Councilmembers and sworn in this week as the new Chief Technology Officer for the City of Seattle. As part of Mayor Durkan’s team, I will be leading a dedicated team of public servants contributing towards Seattle’s success. Six weeks ago, I… [ Keep reading ]

South Park Information and Resources Center Celebrates Successful First Year of Operation

In 2018, its first year of operation, with just 20 laptops and one instructor, the South Park Information and Resources Center enrolled 85 people, predominantly Latino, who were looking to sharpen their digital expertise. Funding from the Center came from a Technology Matching Fund grant that was awarded to help… [ Keep reading ]

Digital Equity Study reveals Seattle residents are more connected than ever

2018 Technology Access and Adoption Study shows nearly 95% of Seattle households are connected but there’s room for improvement in digital equity As part of the City of Seattle’s ongoing work to reduce the digital equity divide, the City released results of the 2018 Technology Access and Adoption Study [PDF]. Results… [ Keep reading ]

Second Public Comment Period Opening for Technologies Subject to the City’s Surveillance Ordinance

The City of Seattle has published the second set of draft of Surveillance Impact Reports (SIRs) for eight of the 29 currently existing surveillance technologies, per the Surveillance Ordinance. The first group of SIRs were submitted for public review October 8 – November 5, 2018.   We’re looking for the public’s… [ Keep reading ]

Technology Matching Fund grant applications open for 2019

City of Seattle grants will again be offered to organizations working to close the digital divide The City of Seattle is opening the 2019 round of applications for the Technology Matching Fund grants. Community organizations and nonprofits are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each. Funding will… [ Keep reading ]

Data Privacy Day: Six of the Most Important Privacy Tips

It’s that time again – Happy Data Privacy Day! On January 28, 2019, we commemorate the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection and take time to consider the importance of data privacy. This is a good day to ensure… [ Keep reading ]

Civic Tech Community Tackles Pressing Issues with Seattle’s Open Data

Hacky New Year! Paul Alley, the City of Seattle’s Open Data Manager, provided an overview of Seattle’s Open Data Program to attendees of this year’s Hacky New Year Hackathon, hosted by DemocracyLab. The annual Hacky New Year Hackathon brought the region’s civic tech volunteer community together with grass roots civic data… [ Keep reading ]