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 ]

Road Map to Connecting the Under-connected – Towns and cities at core of digital inclusion policies and partnerships

By David Keyes, Digital Equity Program Manager, City of Seattle and Amina Fazlullah, Mozilla Fellow 2018 A dozen chattering four-year-old’s pile into the tech learning lab, scamper for their chairs, and jump into their ABCMouse online learning activities. These future technology leaders don’t need to see the link to city… [ Keep reading ]

City Council Meetings to Include Closed Captioning

Councilmember Herbold championed increased accessibility to public meetings Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle, South Park), who has led efforts related to disabilities-related issues since first being elected in 2015, is pleased to announce the addition of real-time captioning by Seattle Channel to its live cable TV broadcasts of… [ Keep reading ]

Digital Equity Community Gathers to Build Cross-Sector Collaboration

A gathering of more than 40 community members resolute on co-designing a network dedicated to resource sharing and collaboration around digital equity took place on October 25, 2018. The event, hosted by Seattle Information Technology’s Community Technology team, brought together participants from a wide range of organizations and institutions dedicated… [ Keep reading ]

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Tackle it Together

By Andrew Whitaker When Eliud Kipchoge beat the marathon world record this year in Berlin, my jaw dropped. He ran a marathon in 2:01:39! This beat the previous world record by 78 seconds. So, in about the same time that you sit down to watch a movie and snack on popcorn,… [ Keep reading ]

It’s Never Too Late for Technology

When Connie Brault received an iPad as a hand-me-down from her daughter, she was thrilled! But at the same time, not quite sure what to do with the new and unfamiliar technology. “I’m absolutely, stunningly lost,” Brault said in a round of introductions at the West Seattle Senior Center’s monthly… [ Keep reading ]

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Protect Yourself from Phishing Attacks

By Andrew Whitaker When I was ten my parents sent me to summer camp. Unfortunately, I was one of those kids who always found myself hanging out with the “wrong crowd”. At summer camp I made a friend named Jacob who taught me how to pickpocket. So, while other kids… [ Keep reading ]