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New Learning & the Web site shows how eLearning is for you

Online learning means that you can gain knowledge and skills (often for free) to help you complete your GED, get a job or help in getting a better job.  Some courses can lead towards degrees and certifications, while others are where you can simply learn something new.

Visit our Get Online Learning & the Web page to get answers and solutions to:

  • What do I need to get started on my online learning journey?  Take an assessment to gauge your eLearning readiness.
  • Where can I go to learn online?
  • What resources are available for school age kids or for help in GED or college prep?

Visit our site and take our short survey and we will send you a free 4GB flash drive – www.seattle.gov/getonline (see site for limitations).

If you are interested in promoting online learning at your organization, contact Vicky Yuki by email or at 206-233-7877 for more information and distribution material.

Cinema and civic tech at Civic Cocktail, May 6

It’s cinema and civic tech at the May Civic Cocktail, featuring a panel discussion about how technology can impact civics in Seattle and a preview of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).

Join the conversation, Wednesday, May 6 at Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program is at 6 p.m. Cost to attend is $20 to $25. Register at Seattle CityClub.

Across the country, big cities are investing in technology to connect people, improve cities and make government more effective. Cities are hosting hackathons, developing technology plans and innovating alongside entrepreneurs and startups. What makes Seattle unique in civic tech and what can we learn from other cities? Microsoft’s directors of technology and civic engagement/innovation in Boston, Cathy Wissink, and Chicago, Adam Hecktman, will join Rebecca Lovell, the city of Seattle’s startup liaison, to discuss how technology can power civic engagement and innovation.

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Then, SIFF Artistic Director Carl Spence will talk with host Joni Balter about the popular film festival and what to expect this year. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, SIFF (May 14 – June 7) is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States reaching more than 150,000 people annually.

A panel of journalists will join the discussion: Crosscut’s Drew Atkins and Florangela Davila, Geekwire’s Monica Guzman, The Stranger’s Charles Mudede, Puget Sound Business Journal’s Emily Parkhurst and KIRO Radio’s Tom Tangney. 

Civic Cocktail – presented by Seattle Channel, Seattle CityClub and Crosscut – offers a night of networking, civic conversation, Tom Douglas appetizers and a no-host bar.

Watch past Civic Cocktails here.

Feds seek comments on how they can help promote broadband

How do you think the federal government can best promote broadband adoption, deployment and competition? President Obama has created a federal Broadband Opportunity Council composed of 25 federal agencies. He has instructed them to come up with plans for increasing broadband access and adoption. They are seeking comments on how to do this. The deadline for submitting comments is June 10, 2015. Written comments can be submitted by email to BOCrfc2015@ntia.doc.gov. See more about the Council and the comments in the press release. This effort is being led by the US Department of Commerce NTIA and Department of Agriculture, which has worked on rural broadband deployment.

Seattle Community Media: LIVE Programming!

Beginning Monday, June 8, 2015, Seattle Community Media (SCM) public access TV will offer a special live showcase, Seattle Community Media LIVE!, where producer-members can bring their program to a live audience.

The showcase program will be a one (1) hour long, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  SCM staff will take care of many of the technical aspects of the program and will work with producers during pre-production for your live show.

All SCM member-producers will have access to request the live showcase on a first-come, first-served basis two weeks prior to show time.  To be scheduled as a live showcase program, you will be required to have viewers call into the studio during the show with comments or questions.

SCM membership is available to residents living in Seattle/King County. The annual fee for basic membership is only $35, and small additional annual fees give you access to HD video cameras, microphones, light kits, other production gear, as well as access to SCM’s Studio B for use in creating content for broadcast on Comcast cable Channel 77/Wave cable Channel 23.

If you have an expertise to teach, an important message to be heard, or a hobby to share, become a SCM member-producer and share your message! At SCM, you are in control! You control your program’s content.  You get to schedule your programs. You can upload your finished programs from anywhere you have internet access.

It’s easy to join. Just visit SCM’s website, www.seattlecommunitymedia.org, and click on “Membership.”  You’ll have ala carte access to different levels of membership and will pay for your membership online.  When you become a member you become an independent member-producer of SCM!

Recycle “Anything with a Plug” at InterConnection’s Free 2015 eCycle Event

InterConnection and CenturyLink are hosting a major, City-wide electronics, free recycling event at CenturyLink Field’s North Parking Lot, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. this Saturday April 11th. InterConnection’s 2015 eCycle Event will give the community a chance to recycle any used electronics they have free of charge. People can recycle personal devices like cell phones and laptops, household items such as TVs and stereos as well as kitchen appliances both large and small. Anything with a plug will be accepted.  More info here.

CenturyLink broadband update, April 14, 6 p.m.

At the April 14 meeting of the City’s Technology Advisory Board, CenturyLink will be providing an update on their broadband and gigabit service buildout. Mary Taylor, State and Local Government Director, and Robert Larsen, Director of Local Network Planning will be presenting. The meeting will be held at 6 pm in the 27th floor conference room, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave. Click here for more information about CTAB .

Live Town Hall: Privacy Politics – April 22nd

Are we losing control of our digital privacy? While surveillance and information technologies have developed rapidly, privacy laws have not kept pace. City of Seattle leaders are pursuing a new privacy initiative that could impact everything from 9-1-1 calls to utility bills to recordings from police-worn body cameras. Host Brian Callanan moderates a live, televised community forum at Town Hall with privacy advocates, government, public-safety and technology leaders. Bring your questions, concerns, and comments!

Go here to register.

Panelists
Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council
Tracy Ann Kosa, Seattle Privacy Coalition, Privacy Advisory Committee member
Mike Wagers, COO, Seattle Police Department
Nourisha Wells, Chair, Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board

The Emmy-award winning Seattle Speaks series is presented in partnership with Seattle CityClub and Town Hall.

Details:
Wednesday April 22nd, 2015
Doors: 6 p.m. | Program: 7 p.m.
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Performance Seattle and Seattle Open Budget

At his State of the City Speech on February 17, Mayor Ed Murray announced two new online tools based on open data.

Performance Seattle (performance.seattle.gov) uses current data to monitor progress against the goals set for the future of the City of Seattle.  At present, nine City departments are contributing data about how well they are meeting their goals, such as reducing traffic fatalities, reducing our carbon footprint and responding quickly to fires.  In the coming months, all City departments will set performance targets and report regularly to the public on their progress.

Seattle Open Budget (openbudget.seattle.gov) provides greater transparency into the City’s budget with graphs, charts and maps in an easy-to-use interface, and is a leap forward in budget reporting for our City.

Taken together, both of these resources will help us as a City achieve better goal-setting, better tracking, better use of data, and better outcomes.

 

Get your taxes done for free

Jan 13 – Apr 18, United Way Offers Free Tax Help

Take advantage of United Way’s Free Tax Preparation services. Neighborhood sites are open January 13 to April 18, 2015. Tax help is available in your neighborhood and in your language from IRS-certified volunteers. They’ll help you get all the credits you qualify for and file your return electronically, so you’ll get your refund fast. The best news: No appointment needed and no fees to pay.

For more information, please go: here.

Comcast resolution approved

Seattle City Council approves resolution and Mayor signs the legislation calling on the FCC to consider public benefits in Comcast and Time Warner merger. The resolution proposes that certain public-interest obligations be required of Comcast Corporation for its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable Incorporated in the event the merger is approved by the Federal Communications Commission.