City of Seattle Community Technology E-Zine
|Vol. 11, No. 3||March, 2012|
tmf deadline is
The Technology Matching Fund supports Technology Literacy & Access and Civic Engagement projects that reach technology underserved communities, with grants up to $20,000. To read more about current and past projects, review eligibility criteria, download the application, and register your organzation, visit the Community Technology TMF page.
For more information, contact Delia Burke by email or by phone at (206) 233-2751.communities connect
Have you checked out the Communities Connect Network Web Portal? The Forum is designed for PCC staff and volunteers to post and answer questions about community technology and digital inclusion. It is an online space for using each other as resources to best serve our communities.
We have created a list of topics such as "Managing Programs, Staff, and Volunteers" and "Curriculum and Training" for you to share information with your fellow digital inclusion supporters and community technology staff. Do you have a success story about your lab to share? Post it on the Success Stories thread of the Forum! If you do not have an account for the CCN Web Portal, register here. Questions? Please contact Amy Hirotaka, CCNP Outreach Coordinator or call (425) 977-4749.free internet hookups
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.
Have a question for Mayor Mike McGinn? Join the conversation with Seattle Channel host Brian Callanan as he sits down with the Mayor on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 PM for Ask the Mayor. Call (206) 681-8821 between 7:00 and 8:00 PM 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.
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digital inclusion seattle
We are in the early stages of developing a new updated Digital Inclusion Plan for the City of Seattle. There are other cities that have researched and developed recommendations (see San Francisco or the strategic framework for Wales as two interesting examples.) Bryan Dosono, who is a member of our Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB), has taken on this project as part of his coursework at the University of Washington Information School. We will posting a draft of this when ready, but welcome your ideas about what should be in the Seattle plan and where we should go from here. Contact Bryan with your ideas.
The Edge initiative is an effort by a coalition of major organizations to develop public access technology benchmarks for public libraries. The Edge benchmarks are to be piloted this spring and will provide a measurement tool for libraries in best practices for providing public computers to patrons. Hopefully this tool will be rolled out for application to other public computing center providers as well. See more about their guiding principles and vision, and stay tuned for what promises to be a valuable result! The University of Washington Information School, TechSoup and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are among the partners. See more here.be a smart cable customer - get it in writing!
Cable and telecommunications companies are always trying to find ways to get and keep customers. One method they use is having contracted sales agents canvassing neighborhoods or working at mall kiosks, marketing special promotional deals if you will join, change, or bundle your service with them. If you decide to take one of these deals, make sure you get something in writing that confirms the rates, services and period of time the promotion covers.
While it’s always wise to get contract details in writing, it’s especially important if you are accepting a special promotional deal. The City has noticed an increasing number of complaints from cable customers who were promised one thing by a sales agent, but then billed something different. When they call the company to correct their bill, they are told ‘we have no promotion like that’ and are left trying to prove what they were promised. If you have something in writing, it’s easy!
Seattle cable customers are also encouraged to be familiar with their rights under the City’s Cable Customer Bill of Rights. Check it out online, or call the Office of Cable Communications at (206) 684-8498.s.e.c.u.r.i.t.y
keeping your info secure in facebook
The following blog t was posted by Kevin Lam on the LockBox website, and David Matthews, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer of the City of Seattle thought it was very good advice. Below is an excerpt to the full article.
Somebody recently asked me how I would use my experience as a legal and professional hacker to steal their personal identity. There are lots of way to do this. I might attack your email account, bank accounts, your laptop, your work account and your home wireless network just to start. Or I could take an easier path: your Facebook account. Here are the top 3 things I would turn on or off on your Facebook account right now if I were you.
Tip #1: Turn On Secure Browsing
Fortunately, Facebook has a feature called “Secure Browsing”. All this feature really does is it turns on SSL (when possible) whenever you access your Facebook account. This will make accessing Facebook over public networks safer. There’s a catch however: Secure Browsing is turned off by default.
Tip #2: Remove Your Family Links
You may already be careful about this type of information and how much you share. But can you say that your family members take the same level of care? Better be safe and not make identity thieves jobs easier by letting them know who your family members are. Here’s how to turn limit access to this type of information:
Tip #3: Hide Your Birthday, Mobile Number and Address
Information like your birthday, mobile number and address really needs to stay private on Facebook. These are really useful pieces of information when it comes to stealing your identity. To mask this information in Facebook, follow these steps:
Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Projects Fund
Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) Community Matching Grant Provides matching funds up to $20,000 for community-based projects to supplement existing SYVPI services and that serve youth referred by one or more of the three SYVPI Neighborhood Networks (Central, Southeast and Southwest Seattle). Seeking innovative projects that engage, uplift, educate and support youth who are deemed at risk of perpetuating or being a victim of violence.
Technology Matching Fund
Safe Routes to School
Dr Seuss books! More than the Lorax, see how many languages Dr. Seuss has been published in and when. Also see others in the World Catalog.
Science Bob: Home experiments, Videos, Science Fair Ideas and more.
Quechua Firefox: Firefox is being released in Quechua language. Awesome.
Seattle RainWatch: Yeah, it rains in Seattle, but see this cool time map that uses radar and collected rain gauges. Sponsored in part by Seattle Public Utilities.archives
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