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YWCA Works is using a loan to own program to close the digital divide

YWCA Works serves the White Center community with programs designed to improve disparities in income. Now, as a recipient of a 2022 Technology Matching Fund (TMF) grant from the City of Seattle, they will be able to address an inequity that opened up during the pandemic when so much of… [ Keep reading ]

Online resources for Seattle residents

As part of National Digital Inclusion Week, running October 3-7, the City of Seattle is a participating agency helping to spread awareness, recognition, and celebration of digital inclusion and access. The City of Seattle has been supporting digital equity work since 1997. Over the years, as technology has evolved, so… [ Keep reading ]

Digital Inclusion Week and the power of imagination

“Our imagination,” concluded Burton, “is a trigger for manifestation.” In a recent interview, Levar Burton spoke about the power of imagination. “There was some kid who grew up watching Star Trek like I did, and that kid saw all those scenes of Kirk reaching to his hip and pulling out… [ Keep reading ]

Family Digital Navigators help Yesler Residents Thrive with Technology

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Multimedia Resources and Training Institute (MMRTI) created a Family Digital Navigators Program that hired and trained local students to help the Yesler community progress towards digital equity. The MMRTI Navigators work closely with Yesler residents to help them better learn and… [ Keep reading ]

Digital Equity Grants Due in This Week

Welcome to the last part of the Technology Matching Fund & Digital Navigator Cohort Grant blog series! In this series, Seattle IT will be covering the Technology Matching Fund and Digital Network Cohort which is a project to build onto Seattle’s Digital Equity Statement and how qualifying non-profits can apply…. [ Keep reading ]

Reminder and Recap: Two Weeks Left Until Applications Are Due

Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T participate in a forum on Digital Equity Tuesday, Feb. 8

The City of Seattle’s Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) is using its February 8 meeting to host three of the major telecommunications companies for a discussion on digital equity. There will also be an opportunity for the community to ask questions. We’ve all seen how critical it is for all residents to have sufficient internet, devices, skills… [ Keep reading ]

Community Technology Advisory Board welcomes new members

The Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) recently welcomed new members: Camille Malonzo, a software engineer at Microsoft; Dr. Lassana Magassa, a recent doctorate degree recipient in information science from the University of Washington’s Information School (UW iSchool); Brandon Lindsey, a nonprofit and educational consultant; and Dr. Tyrone Grandison, a technologist,… [ 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 ]

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 ]