Bring your own device (BYOD) to work or not? Most organizations today either have policies in place or don’t mind if you bring your own device to use.  If you are a user of BYOD I believe it makes your life easier not having to carry multiple devices around.

Users of BYOD
  • Make sure you password protect your device
  • Signup with a service that will allow you to wipe your device remotely if you lose it
Administrators of BYOD
  • Have or create a policy regarding BYOD, even if its a simple one.
  • Decide what data can be stored on a non-organization owned device.
  • How will you handle users when they leave?
  • Currently, most document sharing programs allow users to keep data after they leave.
The most common use for BYOD equipment is document sharing.  It is important that both users and administrators think about making sure the equipment stays secure. Allow BYOD equipment to access your intranet, but not download documents.

East African Youth Share Journeys, Learn English With Digital Book


The digital book Tarikna is an amazing journey for readers and for its 14 youth authors from Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia.  Tarikna was produced through a combined English literacy and digital media program by the YTech Program at the Metrocenter YMCA of Seattle with the Seattle Public Library and Horn of Africa Services. For the 14 exceptional participants, the first parts of their journeys are the stories they share in Tarikna of leaving their home countries to come to the U.S.  The second journey was the process of improving their English reading and writing skills and digital media production skills through the program.  The stories have been published through the youth civic engagement web site that the City of Seattle supports.

Every Tuesday and Thursday for three months the East African youth immigrants and refugees met at the Seattle Public Library Central Branch for reading and writing exercises, followed by a technology component in the YTech computer lab.

During the English literacy program the youth:
1) drafted a college admissions essay, 2) read “The Translator” by Daoud Hari, created a resume, 3) attended a resume critique event with professionals from Boeing, Microsoft, and Slalom Consulting, 4) wrote a short essay about their experiences in immigrating from Africa to the United States, and lastly 5) created a Digital Book containing their stories which can now be viewed online at

The program wasn’t all hard work. In addition to completing the rigorous requirements of the English literacy program, the youth also practiced photography skills, toured the Seattle Art Museum and met with attorneys in the board room at Ryan, Swanson, and Cleveland’s law office in Downtown Seattle to learn about potential legal careers.

Thanks to Aaron Curtis for his work on this program. You can read more about the YTech’s programs here.

Puget Sound Off is supported in part by the City of Seattle Community Technology Program with funding from Comcast.

People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) and Data.Seattle.Gov

People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) is the Department of Neighborhood’s civic leadership development program dedicated to building the skills of community members in a multicultural participatory learning environment. Participants learn hands-on strategies in community organizing, community-building, neighborhood planning, leadership, and outreach specifically to under-represented communities. It focuses on the City of Seattle’s governmental structure and processes and the role of its neighborhoods.

PACE has partnered with to provide an online system for applicants to create and submit their application online rather than downloading, printing, filling in a PDF and mailing it back.  This also allows program managers to better use applicant data to ensure that there is participation citywide in a simpler way.  The purpose of Data.Seattle.Gov is to increase public access to high value, machine-readable datasets generated by various departments of Seattle City government.  You are invited to participate in this project by registering and telling us what new datasets you would like to see.

If you are interested in the PACE project, visit Neighborhoods for the application and submission requirements.  Applications are due 5:00 p.m. on May 8.

CTTAB Welcomes Two New Advisors

The City Council confirmed two new members to the Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board in March.  After an intensive selection and review process, Daniel Hoang and Nourisha Wells were appointed by both Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Councilmember Bruce Harrell for a two-year term to advise and guide the digital future for the City of Seattle.

danielHoang2Daniel Hoang

Daniel is an Associate at Point B management consulting firm. He has expertise in project and change management, marketing and communications. His eight years of consulting experience includes six years serving the public sector. This included a project with the Washington State K-20 Education Network. Daniel previously worked at Hitachi Consulting and IntelliBridge Partners. He was an auditor and evaluator for the California Bureau of State Audits and also served on the City of Davis, California citizen finance and budget commission.

Daniel has a BA in Economics from UW and has a masters degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University.  Daniel is a Greenwood resident.

He is interested in participating in CTTAB’s work on open data, broadband adoption and digital inclusion, and in the broadband committee.

Nourisha WellsNourisha Wells

Nourisha is the Digital Manager for the Get Schooled Foundation, a national non-profit that promotes attendance, high school graduation and college preparedness. She has a variety of experience in social media, web interactive content development, television production, content management systems and public relations. Nourisha came to Seattle from Kansas City, Missouri.  She was previously the web editor at Icom America in Bellevue and at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Nourisha has a Master of Arts in Journalism degree from Regent University.

Go here for more information about CTTAB and ways that you can become involved.

Join the Seattle Ambassador Program and Help Fight Global Poverty

The City of Seattle and the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) are partnering to educate and mobilize local residents to support Seattle’s thriving global development sector, by participating in the Seattle Ambassador program.

This City-wide campaign will raise awareness about local institutions working to alleviate poverty around the world and ask individuals to lend their support to this important sector. By signing up, residents will receive updates about the work of these organizations and learn about opportunities to get involved. Participants will be entered for a chance to be a Seattle Ambassador, and win an all-expense paid trip to see first-hand how our community is improving lives in Africa, Asia, or Latin America.

Comcast Customers: Faster Internet and More HD Channels

Last month Comcast announced an increase in the speeds of its two most popular Internet service plans at no addition cost to the customers. Specifically:

  • The Blast! Plan: Customers will receive download speeds up to 50 Mbps (formerly up to 25 Mbps) and upload speeds up to 10 Mbps (formerly up to 4 Mbps).
  • Extreme 50: Customers will receive download speeds up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps) and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps (formerly 15 Mbps).
  • Performance Plan: Customers will receive download speeds up to 20 Mbps (from 15 Mbps) and upload speeds to 4 Mbps (from 2 Mbps).

To activate the new speeds, Comcast customers just need to re-start their cable modems. More information on how to do that can be found here: FAQ on Comcast main speeds announcement.
Comcast also announced the launch of 17 more high definition (HD) channels, including C-SPAN, Smithsonian, National Geographic Wild, Sportsman Channel, Cooking Channel, and PBS Sprout. For links to learn more about any of the new channels, see New Comcast HD Channels in Seattle.
For more information on any Comcast service, click here Contact Comcast Customer Service, or call 1-800-934-6489.

Seattle cable customers, please also be aware that the City’s Office of Cable Communications (OCC) collects cable-related complaints and can help with problems you’re unable to resolve with your cable provider. If you ever have a complaint, question or comment about your cable service, let the OCC know by submitting it on-line Comments/Complaint Form or calling the Cable Line at (206) 684-8498.

Nearly Nine in Ten Websites Contain One Serious Vulnerability

Threat Post’s Brian Donohue reports that for at least the third year in a row, the number of serious vulnerabilities per web site has fallen. That sounds like good news until you look at the numbers and realize that the average website carried an astonishing 56 holes in 2012, according to statistics compiled by WhiteHat Security researchers Jeremiah Grossman, Matt Johansen, and Gabriel Gumbs and based upon data gathered from tens of thousands of websites. Sure, 56 is better than the 79 flaws per website reported in 2011, and it’s an enormous improvement on the 230 vulnerabilities per site reported way back in 2010, but, if WhiteHat Security’s sample is representative of the whole Internet, then we’re still working with a Web on which 86 percent of all websites contain at least one serious vulnerability.
 Read more here.

So keep updating your programs and installing security patches that will help to keep your computer and information safe. You can also visit our Information Security site for more tips and tricks to keep your information secure.