City of Seattle Community Technology E-Zine
|Vol. 10, No. 11||November, 2011|
meet sabra schneider
Sabra Schneider has joined the City of Seattle as Director of Electronic Communications, overseeing the City's Community Technology, Webteam and the Seattle Channel. She replaces Gary Gibson who retired in July.
Sabra has a 16-year career in public-service. Her most recent position was leading web, social media and government 2.0 efforts for King County. Sabra launched the County's social media program and directed county wide efforts to engage residents in government and increase efficiencies and transparency through the innovative use of technology and partnerships.
Previously she was a tenured faculty member at South Seattle Community College, where she developed a two-year degree and a one-year certificate in web technologies. Sabra also worked closely with the Seattle Jobs Initiative to build and deliver a fast-track technology program for low-income job seekers. She taught classes in three subject areas: computing, communications and art during her more than 10 years at the college, and was awarded tenure in 2002.
This work aligns closely with the City's digital inclusion work by the Community Technology program. Sabra has a Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Communications from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Sabra is passionate about the intersection of technology, government and education and is thrilled to work with the City of Seattle to help increase residents access to technology resources and local government.civil rights 101
Social services providers! Have your clients experienced discrimination in housing or the workplace based on their race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, use of a Section 8 housing voucher, religion or other reason? If so, please attend this free workshop on November 10, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 810 Third Avenue, first floor conference room.
Register for this workshop by calling Bradley Wilburn at (206) 684-4514 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. Sponsored by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights.help us define equity
Imagine a city where race doesn't predict your quality of life. Come share your ideas on how to end racial inequality in jobs, housing, education and more, on November 12, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at Rainier Community Center. More information here.parks slates
Parks and Recreation is holding 27 public meetings to hear from communities about what activities and hours they would like to see at their nearest community center. This is consistent with the item in the Mayor?s proposed 2012 budget that would set up geographical groups of community centers whose staff would work together to provide services to that geographic area of the City.
Get more information here.mapping voices
Mapping Voices for Equality features audio and video stories to promote healthy communities in King County, all presented in a clickable map. It's great, check out Mapping Our Voices for Equality.
Take a look at the downtown Seattle bike rack map on data.seattle.gov. Data.seattle.gov features a number of new data sets for the public and maps using this data. See the newest, from trade permits, to cocaine arrests, business licenses and more here.
Have a question for Mayor Mike McGinn? Join the conversation with Seattle Channel host C.R. Douglas as he sits down with the Mayor on Wednesday, February 23, at 7 p.m. for Ask the Mayor. Call (206) 681-8821 between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. or email your questions. Also, follow their conversation on Twitter or Facebook with the Seattle Channel's accounts. You can also submit questions through Twitter and Facebook as well.
Follow the Seattle Channel on Twitter.com/SeattleChannel and become a fan of the Seattle Channel on Facebook! Friends and followers get up to the minute info on new programs, behind the scene pictures of shoots and interviews and more!archives
Back issues of Brainstorm including techtips and linkage are now available in our online archives. Previous TechTips and Linkage are also available. Click to revisit all previous issues.sub/unsub
To subscribe or unsubscribe to Brainstorm, please email us, and we'll add you to our email notification list, or subtract you per your request. If you have ideas for future stories, please let us know and we'll try to accommodate them. We encourage you to visit the City of Seattle's Community Tech pages, seattle.gov/tech.
year up gets big grant
In this picture is the Mayor with representatives of Year Up Puget Sound, which received $16,000 for their project called Closing the Opportunity Divide. Year Up will use their grant to provide low-income students with technology training that will prepare them with skills necessary for entry level livable wage work, help them earn community college credit and earn a six month internship with leading employers in the Puget Sound. You may have met Year Up intern Sachae Stockamp who has been working with the desktop team.
get online resources
Have you visited the Get Online page at Seattle.gov? Along with information on where you could attend 12 computer learning center open houses across the City, and 20 workshops on tech topics such as email basics, how to Skype, using Facebook and online financial tools October 3 through 8, this is a great place to access resources available on the web. Here, you can view some of the tutorials volunteers used at these workshops and access resources shared during this week. Tutorials include: Protecting Yourself When Online; How to Use Skype; Tips for Using Facebook and LinkedIn; How to Register and Use The Source; and an Online Job Seeker's Handbook. There is also a Resource Guide, which includes valuable links to language translation applications, computer learning centers and webinars, legal assistance, children's education and motivation sites, and many more.
Check out photos from Get Online Week 2011, and link to Get Online Week partner websites for classes offered at each center and, while you're at it, click on the community technology event calendar to see what may be going on in your community around computer learning.centurylink low-income discounts available
CenturyLink has launched a discounted Internet plan for low-income families. The "Internet Basics" program offers high-speed Internet for $9.95 a month and a netbook computer for $150 to qualifying low-income households.
Their plan was agreed to as one of the terms of the Federal Communications Commission approval to buy Qwest. The program will be offered for at least five years. CenturyLink's program mirrors the "Internet Essentials" program that Comcast agreed to offer when it bought NBC-Universal. However the eligibility is broader, using the lifeline phone assistance program income eligibility guidelines, rather than Comcast's student free lunch program eligibility. More details and the application materials are available on CenturyLink's site. You can also learn more from the CenturyLink news release, and the overview on the Benton Foundation policy site.
nov. 9: nat'l emergency alert test
If you're watching TV or listening to the radio on November 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., you are going to hear the first ever test of the National Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test may last up to three and a half minutes and will include television stations, cable TV, broadcast radio, satellite radio, as well as wireline video service providers in all 50 states.
This test is different from typical state and local EAS tests because it will run on all radio and TV channels across the United States at the same time. So, don't be alarmed when you hear/see the test multiple stations at once. It's just a test to make sure the system is reliable and effective for times of real emergencies. For more information, visit FCC Emergency Alert System Nationwide Test.
public hearing: broadstripe transfer
Are you interested in the proposed transfer of Broadstripe's Seattle cable franchise to Wave Broadband? Here are ways you can stay informed, participate in the public hearing process and provide comments on proposed legislation Council Bill 117306:
Written comments on the proposed ordinance will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on November 17, 2011. Questions regarding the public hearing process should be directed to Councilmember Bruce Harrell's office by calling (206) 684-8804. For other news and documents related to the Broadstripe/WAVE Cable Franchise transfer, visit the Office of Cable Communications Franchise Transfer page or call them at (206) 684-8498.civics skills training
Come learn how to become an informed, engaged, and effective citizen at any level of government! This free, hour-long training will help provide base knowledge on the legislative process and help you gain effective techniques to get your voice heard in the lawmaking process. The training is nonpartisan, being geared to help you track and communicate on the issues that you care about.
Knowledge As Power's (KAP) mission is to help individuals become informed, effective citizens in the legislative process. It's easy to get started as a KAPcivics partner. Just contact them here and they'll be in touch to go into more detail about the program and do a brief assessment of your community (ages, demographics, translation needs, etc.). Working with you, they will customize the training to be a best fit for your organization or community members.
Thanks to a grant with the City of Seattle, civics skills trainings are free through the end of December 2011, so take advantage of this great deal and contact them now!s.e.c.u.r.i.t.y
using caution with usb drives
Because USB drives, sometimes known as thumb drives, are small, readily available, inexpensive, and extremely portable, they are popular for storing and transporting files from one computer to another. However, these same characteristics make them appealing to attackers, reports Mindi McDowell of US-CERT.
One option is for attackers to use your USB drive to infect other computers. An attacker might infect a computer with malicious code, or malware that can detect when a USB drive is plugged into a computer.
Some attackers have also targeted electronic devices directly, infecting items such as electronic picture frames and USB drives during production. When users buy the infected products and plug them into their computers, malware is installed on their computers.
Attackers may also use their USB drives to steal information directly from a computer. If an attacker can physically access a computer, he or she can download sensitive information directly onto a USB drive. Even computers that have been turned off may be vulnerable. If an attacker can plug a USB drive into the computer right after it?s been turned off, he or she can quickly reboot the system from the USB drive and copy the computer's memory, including passwords, encryption keys, and other sensitive data, onto the drive. Victims may not even realize that their computers were attacked.
The most obvious security risk for USB drives, though, is that they are easily lost or stolen (see Protecting Portable Devices: Physical Security for more information).
How can you protect your data?
For the full article, go here.
Deepfreeze is a great product to keep your lab computers from getting infected with malware or users changing settings. If you run updates with Deepfreeze turned on, however, multiple reboots may be required. It is best to always perform updates with Deepfreeze turned off. If you do get caught doing an update and you told Deepfreeze to restart on reboot and the computer reboots, you will need to boot into safe mode (F8) and disable Deepfreeze in order to continue.
Agree or disagree with me? Drop me a note: Derrick Hall.
National Education Association (NEA) Student Organizing and Assistance Resources (SOAR) Grants
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Broadband on Communities Impact: Interesting report Impact of Broadband on Communities in UK and impact for Australia?relevant for those anywhere!c.a.l.e.n.d.a.r