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Marcos Martinez has been confirmed by the City Council to serve on the Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB). Mr. Martinez has a broad background in telecommunications and the media that dovetails with several CTTAB efforts, including Youth Civic Engagement (Puget Sound Off), the Seattle Channel, and My Neighborhood Map. His professional responsibilities with media and non-profits include outreach, strategic planning, and team leadership. He is currently executive director of Entre Hermanos, an organization charged with improving the health and wellbeing of Seattle's LGBTQ Latino community and is a member of the Seattle HIV/AIDS Planning Council. Mr. Martinez earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and a Masters of Science in Telecommunications Technology from Ohio University.
Washington Community Technology Grant Program
Home Computer and Internet Security Workshop
Nonprofit Grantwriting Clinic
Nonprofit Legal Clinic
The Metro Center YMCA, Salvation Army White Center, Reel Grrls, the University House Resident Council (Seattle Housing Authority), and the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS), are the most recent recipients of free high speed cable Internet services, thanks to the City of Seattle and its agreements with Comcast and Broadstripe. The first three are offering exciting summer computer, video and web programs. Check them out!
Service has been upgraded with Broadstripe Internet service at the Central Area Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) which offers a public access computer in the Central Area, open six days a week at 2301 S. Jackson Street, Suite 208. See the Community Technology program page for more information on the City of Seattle's free Internet service for organizations.
Free cable broadband Internet service is available for organizations providing technology training to community members. The free service is offered within the Seattle city limits, based on the City's cable franchise agreements with Comcast and Broadstripe (Millennium). For more information and to download a short form to make application, go to our tech web. If you have questions, email Derrick Hall or call (206) 233-5061.
World Radio Network Get downloadable broadcasts from radio stations around the world.
Weight of Internet: One scientific analysis estimates the entire Internet weighs two ounces and takes fifty million horsepower to run. See articles by Russell Seitz and another estimate published in Discover Magazine.
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In fall of 2007, the Salvation Army Domestic Violence Programs in Seattle received technology-matching funds to establish computer labs for clients in each of their three programs, the Catherine Booth House, a confidentially located emergency shelter; Hickman House, a secure transitional housing facility; and the Community Advocacy Program. The mission of their three programs is to address domestic violence in ways that promote safety, healing and empowerment for survivors and their children with autonomy of each person as the core value.
“Our aim is to provide a safe place for women and children to stay while they recover from the trauma of the abuse and to help empower them to find their own path to safety and self sufficiency,” said Sarah Racine, women’s advocate at Catherine Booth House Shelter. “Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors designed to establish and maintain control in an intimate relationship. Women are deliberately isolated by the abuser, who denies them access to learning or knowledge of any kind, including basic computer skills.”
“The term ‘digital divide’ was coined for a reason,” according to Racine. “Lack of access to the Internet puts someone at a serious economic, social and information disadvantage. This is particularly true given the demographics of our clients, all of whom are low-income and most lacking support systems, job skills or education.”
The funds helped with the set-up of five Internet-linked desktop computers for use by domestic violence survivors at each of the three secure locations. Due to the heightened need for security (many domestic violence survivors are in lethal situations), staff received special training from the Technology Safety Project of the Washington State Coalition against Domestic Violence so that they in turn could teach survivors about ways in which their abusers could trace them online and how to guard against cyber-stalking, harassing emails and other technology-related attacks.
An unanticipated spin off benefit is that staff time previously spent doing routine map quests, trip planners and finding online forms for clients is freed up for other work as clients now learn to access this type of information themselves. Advocates can now use this extra time to coach clients in such things as resume writing, how to navigate Craigslist, or do online typing tutorials.
“The project has proved to be an enormous success,” according to Mollie Curran, Domestic Violence Director at the Salvation Army. “Our survivors are learning how to search the Internet for housing and jobs, type resumes, find online classes and do email. It’s so empowering for them to be able to go from never having used a computer before to applying for their first job online. It also provides clients with communication tools that reconnect them to family, friends and other survivors of domestic violence, which are all steps on the road back to safety and independence for them and their children.”
For more information on the Salvation Army’s domestic violence programs in Seattle, please visit their web site or call Salvation Army Domestic Violence Programs Assistant Andrea Steele at (206) 442 8379.
Mayor Greg Nickels joined Mayor Diaz of Miami and other mayors at the U.S. Conference of Mayors for their first national panel on digital literacy and building a competitive workforce. Mayor Nickels pointed out that technology is what makes a city competitive around the globe. The moderator, Maria Wynne, senior director of economic development in the U.S. public sector for Microsoft pointed out that in the U.S., almost three-quarters of the jobs in the next five to seven years are going to require computer and communications skills.
Mayor Nickels emphasized this point. “You've got to have the people with these skills," he said, "regardless of what your base industries are. Even if your main industry seems to be one that's a smokestack industry.” He spoke about the city's investment in early learning as well as support for technology training programs and Internet connectivity at community centers, non-profits, senior centers and in low-income apartment buildings.
See more coverage in the Miami Herald.
The Communities Connect Network held a celebration June 11 to launch the request for proposals for the new state Community Technology Opportunity Program grants. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who led the passage of the establishing legislation through the Senate, kicked off the event and shared her view of how important both broadband and computer literacy will be for the future of the state. Senator Kohl-Welles also thanked the many participants in Communities Connect who helped encourage legislators to pass the bill.
The legislation called for a combination of the grant program and capacity building training. Peg Giffels from NPower Seattle reviewed the outcome and evaluations and the open house trainings provided last year; she encouraged people to let her and Matthew Mitchell at WSU know what they would like to see this year. Matthew presented the guidelines for the new grant program. The deadline for the applications is July 14. See more on WSU's Community Technology Opportunity Program page.
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