Community Grant Program funding available

The Walmart Foundation is accepting applications through its Community Grant Program.

Through the program, grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to local nonprofit organizations within the service area of individual Walmart stores in support of initiatives in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the Walmart Foundation website.

Due date: December 31, 2014

Tech Board welcomes newest advisors

Carmen RahmCarmen Rahm is the Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of Technology at Seattle Public Schools (SPS). Carmen’s appointment to CTTAB provides a valuable link to Seattle Schools’ programs, strengthening our strategic coordination on technology access and literacy for families with children. He brings tremendous skills and experience in IT strategic planning and governance, and knowledge about large public technology systems. Carmen has a strong commitment to digital equity, has been attending CTTAB meetings since joining SPS, and has already presented our technology adoption report to others at Seattle Schools. His participation on CTTAB and with DoIT will be of tremendous benefit to both the Seattle School District and the City. Carmen has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University (1981), a Masters of Business Administration from City University of Seattle (1988), and a Certificate of Public Administration from the Indiana University/Purdue University (IUPU).

 

Jose M. Vasquez understands the community’s needs for public access to technology and also what it takes to provide access.  He previJose Vasquezously ran Video Mar LLC, a small technology support business and Internet cafe in South Park, providing affordable computer access, computer repairs and also technical support for local small businesses. Jose is very passionate about his community and will always work to make sure that under-represented communities have a voice.  Jose  grew up in South Park, one of Seattle’s most unique and diverse neighborhoods, and has a strong interest in digital equity and is interested in helping improve the City’s effectiveness in bringing resources to the community. He is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and is an up and coming leader in the local Latino community. Jose is currently the Director of Programs for the Latino Community Fund of Washington, so he will bring valuable experience in community needs assessment, community outreach, grant making and grant management, along with his strong passion for technology.

 

Get Online Jobs available in Spanish

Get Online Jobs & the Internet is now available in Spanish, with a Chinese language version available later this month.  An expanded version of its English counterpart, this brochure includes tips and resources for managing your online presence as you prepare for your online job search.  The brochure also includes information on low-cost Internet, affordable computers, and where you can get on the Internet for free.  If you are interested in handing these brochures out to your clients, please email Vicky Yuki at vicky.yuki@seattle.gov, or by phone at 206-233-7877.  Visit Seattle.gov/GetOnline for more information about our online education campaign.

Reboot Restore recommendation simple protection

Reboot Restore Rx integrates Reboot-and-Restore, a simple concept designed to keep computers fully functional and optimally configured. Without restricting the computer’s access, the users have full access to all computer functions. Regardless of what the users do, including erasing critical system files, hacking the system registry, downloading apps — the PC will restore to its predefined baseline every time the PC is restarted.

Reboot Restore Rx is Freeware! You can install Reboot Restore Rx on as many PC’s as you like.  It’s Freeware, designed for computer labs and sites with limited IT staff.

Having a software like this reduces computer maintenance and protects public computer environments.

Reboot Restore VS

Imaging PC’s, saves lots of type.

Deepfreeze

Of course, depending on the version you buy, there may be some bells and whistles that you get but the base protection is free with Reboot Restore.

You can find out more information about Reboot Restore at Horizon DataSys http://www.horizondatasys.com/en/products_and_solutions.aspx?ProductId=18#Features

 

Scam of the Week: Holiday Coupon Alert

It’s the Holiday Season for the bad guys too! But not the way you might think. They go into scam-overdrive mode, and starting with Black Friday and Cyber Monday (the busiest online shopping days), they are out to get rich with your money until the holidays are over. Bryant Bradburd, City of Seattle Chief Technology Officer, passes on this advice:

  1. At the moment, there are too-good-to-be-true coupons that offer free phones or tablets on sites all over the Internet. Don’t fall for it. Make sure the offers are from a legitimate company.
  2. Watch out for alerts via email or text that you just received a package from FedEx, UPS or the US Mail, and then asks you for some personal information. Don’t open any attachments and don’t enter anything. Think Before You Click!
  3. There is a fake refund scam going on that could come from Amazon, a hotel, or a retail chain. It claims there was a “wrong transaction” and wants you to “click for refund” but instead, your device will be infected with malware. Again, don’t open any attachments and don’t enter anything.

So, especially now, be constantly alert and willing to fight back by using common sense. Remember to only use credit cards online, never debit cards. Be super-wary of bulk email with crazy good BUY NOW offers and anything that looks slightly “off.”

If you think you might have been scammed, stay calm and call your credit card company, have that card disabled and get a new one. Happy Holidays!

Inside/Out privacy show premieres

The city of Seattle has launched a new privacy initiative intended to show the public how the city collects and uses data. Can the city maintain the public trust while embracing new technologies to use data more effectively?

The Seattle Channel’s City Inside/Out Privacy show premiered on Friday, November 14.  It includes a four-person panel and several set up interviews, and Chief Technical Officer Michael Mattmiller, Council Members Harrell and O’Brien, and Robert Feldstein of the Mayor’s Office. See it here.

Seattle named 2nd place in Center for Digital Government’s Digital Cities Survey

e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government (The Center) today announced the top-ranked cities in the 2014 Digital Cities Survey. Seattle placed second.

The specific Seattle blurb is found in Government Technology magazine:
“Seattle has a full slate of initiatives under way intended to strengthen government operations and engage citizens. Internally, the city is centralizing technology services, which includes consolidating multiple data centers and developing coordinated IT policies. The mayor’s IT Subcommittee – comprising the deputy mayor, city CTO and six city department heads – was creating in July to oversee the effort. Externally, Seattle makes extensive use of interactive technology like social media – through Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr – and mapping of crime statistics to build closer bonds between residents and its police force. A Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the mayor and city council on issues like community connectivity, e-government services and access to technology. Seattle also has multiple programs to promote technology use throughout the city, including a Technology Matching Fund that provides matching grants as large as $20,000 for community technology projects.”

See more here.

Shopping safely online

Holiday Shopping Goes Mobile, provided by StaySafeOnline.org, is gives you information on how to be cyber secure when using smartphones  while shopping.  This poster, provides tips that you might not have thought of and stats that will surprise even the best smartphone shoppers.  Visit StaySafeOnline.org for more information and also take a look at our Security Tip this month on holiday coupon scams.  Be safe online this holiday shopping season!