Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Secure Your Passwords

by Andrew Whitaker Stories of identity theft and data breaches are all too common in our headlines these days. If the cybersecurity headlines of 2018 were put in a book, every page would reveal a depressing fact. A social media giant has 87 million records breached An apparel company has… [ Keep reading ]

Thousands of Feet of Wire go into Setting up for the Seattle/King County Health Clinic

Before the thousands of feet of wires are laid, before the laptops and PC’s are fired up, and before volunteers greet the thousands of people who will be given free medical and dental care, a small Seattle IT’s team has planned for months to bring reliable technology to Seattle’s KeyArena…. [ Keep reading ]

Benchmarking Success: Teens Succeed as Design Thinkers

In a quiet corner of First Hill’s popular Frye Art Museum sits a beautiful bench that is not just for sitting, it has a story and is the focal point of a unique exhibit. The bench represents the brain child and months of work by an ambitious group of teenagers… [ Keep reading ]

Partnering to Improve Digital Services

In July, Seattle IT’s Digital Services Usability and Design team partnered with Civic User Testing (CUT) to facilitate usability testing on the Seattle.gov web site. (Learn about the CUT group and volunteer with them at http://openseattle.org/cutgroup/#about). The intended goal of the project was to understand if people were able to successfully navigate… [ Keep reading ]

The City of Seattle Awards $400,000 to Help Improve Digital Equity

 The Technology Matching Fund grants will be offered for the 21st year in a row to organizations in Seattle working on improving lives through technology literacy The Seattle City Council unanimously approved $400,000 in Technology Matching Funds be awarded to 12 local organizations. These grants are given out annually to… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Creates Innovation Advisory Council

Mayor Durkan signed an Executive Order creating the City of Seattle’s first-ever Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) to harness the power of technology to create innovative strategies and solutions to the most urgent challenges facing Seattle and our region – from homelessness to transportation. Find the full press release here. Watch… [ Keep reading ]

Provide feedback on the City of Seattle’s website!

The City of Seattle’s Digital Services Team is looking for the public’s help. The team members who work to maintain Seattle.gov are looking to make some improvements and need feedback from the people who use the site. Seattle.gov is where the public logs on to pay bills, look for services, and access… [ Keep reading ]

Congratulations to the Seattle Channel for Winning Four NW Emmy Awards

Seattle Channel is the recipient of four Northwest Regional Emmy Awards for public-affairs, arts and environmental programming and an interview special. The winning programs covered topics ranging from safe injection sites to a tribute to the vinyl music format. The city-operated station was recognized Saturday, June 9, at the Northwest… [ Keep reading ]

Government Hackathon: Seattle IT Contributes to Winning Project

When King County Information Technology (KCIT) teamed up with Amazon Web Services to put on a Government Hackfest last month, Seattle Information Technology (Seattle IT) employees were all in. The challenge of the Hackfest was to develop government solutions using digital assistants, artificial intelligence, business intelligence, and big data technologies… [ Keep reading ]