City launches new

The City of Seattle recently launched our redesigned website,, to better connect the public with their government.

The new website is based on a mobile-friendly design approach and a desire to help visitors find information easily. The new website strives to be user-centric, organizing content primarily by City services instead of City departments.

City staff is designing and building the new over a three-year period, with all City pages updated in phased releases. The initial launch release included the following:

  • New format and layout on:
  • Debut of a new service: a one-stop-site of news generated by City departments and elected officials
  • New global headers and footers throughout the site
  • Responsive mobile navigation

The design of the entire City website will be completed in 2018.

CTO represents Seattle at Consumer Electronics Show

mattAs part of Mayor Murray’s commitment to data-driven transparent government, Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller presented at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Michael detailed Seattle’s role as a Smart City as part of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s SuperSession on partnerships in government technology innovation.

The session was hosted by US CTO Megan Smith. In his talk, Michael focused on the Seattle 2030 District, Seattle Public Utilities Rainwatch program, MetroLab Network, Open Data, and Hack the Commute.

Watch the video. (Seattle starts at minute 45.)

Read the White House blog post.

New Civic Technology Advocate Candace Faber

pic1The City of Seattle recently announced the creation of the Civic Technology Advocate position, and the selection of Candace Faber to fill this role.

In this new role, Faber will work with area technologists to increase use of the City’s open data platform, make connections into City departments to increase knowledge of business processes and opportunities, and encourage the development of new technology solutions that improve Seattle’s quality of life and further connect the public with their municipal government.

Faber brings extensive experience organizing Seattle’s civic technology community and the broader open data movement. She has led efforts including as Hack the Commute, the City’s 2015 transportation hackathon program, Hack to End Homelessness, and the Washington Technology Industry Association’s FullConTech. As the government-community liaison for Open Seattle, she worked closely with Seattle’s open data program, local technology firms, and the developer community. She will continue and expand this work in her new role.

Previously, Candace was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, serving at the U.S. embassies in Russia, Poland, Belarus, and Afghanistan, and on the global e-Diplomacy team. Candace holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington.

City partners with University of Washington on privacy research

Working in partnership with the City of Seattle, University of Washington’s Dr. Jan Whittington was recently announced as the recipient of a grant to examine the relationships that exist between open data, privacy and digital equity and what harm municipal data could lead to with consumers or the marketplace.

This funding, $50,000, was awarded through a request for proposal from the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology on the exploration of implications of government release of large datasets. This research is funded by Microsoft, with a $25,000 match from the City of Seattle.

This joint effort will enable the City to be more transparent by making more of its data available through its open data platform,, while implementing the processes necessary to protect the privacy of data subjects. It will also result in a set of model policies and practices that can be leveraged by other municipalities seeking to enhance the privacy and utility of their open data programs.