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Watch Me Now: notes on a surveillance society

PechaKucha Seattle, in collaboration with The Seattle Public Library, present “Watch Me Now: Notes on a Surveillance Society,” on February 26.  The event will bring together speakers from across the information ecosystem – including policy makers, technologists, advocates, and others to discuss the complex issues surrounding privacy and surveillance in the digital world.

This free public event will be in the Microsoft Auditorium at Central Library (1000 4th Ave) on Thursday, February 26th at 5:30pm. Starting this Thursday, February 5th, please see http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/seattle or http://www.spl.org for more information.

Scheduled speakers include Ryan Calo from the University of Washington Law School and co-director of the UW Tech Policy Lab; Frank Catalano, technology analyst and columnist for GeekWire; Jared Friend, Technology and Liberty Director for the ACLU of Washington State; Ramez Naam, former Microsoft executive, computer scientist, and award winning author; Ben Krokower, Chair, Seattle Citizens Technology and Telecommunications Board; and many other local and regional experts on privacy and surveillance issues.

PechaKucha Seattle was founded in 2006. Since its inception, PechaKucha Seattle has hosted 39 events city-wide. Over 400 presenters and have reached thousands of people to celebrate the amazing people that make our region so wonderful. PechaKucha provides a place for creative cross-pollination that is generative, personal, and truly engaging.

The Seattle Public Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. The Library supports early learning and the joy of reading through our collections and resources, services, programs and partnerships. The Library also believes that privacy is essential to free speech, free thought and free association. The Library maintains a policy of confidentiality that covers library borrower records, including requests for information, use of online services, and library loan transactions.

Celebrate radio: the big power of Seattle’s new low power FM radio stations

Join 12 new Low Power FM neighborhood radio stations in celebration of receiving their Federal Communications Commission approval to build everything they need to start broadcasting on February 13 5:00 PM at the Central Library. Enjoy a slice of our radio tower cake, “lightning talks” from the new stations, broadcast coverage maps, and information on how to get involved. Find out what radio can do for your neighborhood, and how you can be a part of it!

The celebration will be streamed live online by Hollow Earth Radio, Seattle University Radio, and University of Washington Bothell’s UWave, three of the recipients of the FCC construction permits. Two additional stations in Seattle that have applied for FCC licenses and are awaiting approval will join in the celebration and lightning talks.

RSVP here: http://celebrateradio.brownpapertickets.com

This event is produced by the Brown Paper Tickets Doer Program as an advocacy initiative to build communications infrastructure for stronger communities. Thanks to Seattle Public Library for their generous support.

FCC Approved Stations
Hollow Earth Radio (Central District) / 100.3 FM Seattle University
Radio (First Hill/Capitol Hill/Central District) /102.1 FM
Sand Point Arts & Cultural Exchange (Magnuson Park) / 101.1 FM Rainier
Valley Radio (Rainier Valley) / 105.7 FM KMIH Booster Club (Downtown Seattle) / 101.1 FM OneAmerica (SeaTac) / 106.5
FM City of Kent (Kent) / 101.1 FM
Voice of Vashon (Vashon Island) / 101.9 FM
Fab-5 (Tacoma) / 95.3 FM
Radio Duvall / 103.1 FM
UWave Radio at UW Bothell / 104.9 FM
Make.Shift (Bellingham) / 94.9 FM

Fulcrum Community Communications (NW Seattle) / 107.3 FM Earth
On-the-Air Independent Media (University District) / 105.7 FM

Seattle Tech Advisory Board selects new officers, committees

At the December meeting of the City of Seattle Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board, the members elected Nourisha Wells as Board Chair and Joneil Custodio to be the Vice Chair for 2015. The Board and City staff thanked the 2014 Chair Ben Krokower and 1st Vice Chair Dana Lewis. Both will be continuing to work with committees in 2015. The Board also thanked retiring members Rob Dolin, Brian Hsi, Stacey Wedlake and Daniel Hoang for their valuable service to the residents of Seattle.  Read more about the new and current members here: seattle.gov/cttab

The Board members also selected committees they will serve on in 2015 and initial committee chairs:

e-Government: Nourisha Wells (chair), Joneil Custodio, Jose Vasquez
Digital Inclusion: Ben Krokower (Chair), Joneil Custodio, Jose Vasquez, Dana Lewis, and Sarah Trowbridge
Broadband & Cable: Sarah Trowbridge (Chair), Beryl Fernandes, past members Brian Hsi and Daniel Hoang
Privacy: Beryl Fernandes (Chair), Ben Krokower, and Nourisha Wells

Follow CTTAB and the exciting work they do here: cttab.seattle.gov/feed/


Get Online Jobs available in Chinese and Spanish

Get Online Jobs and the Internet is now available in Chinese and Spanish.  This is an expanded format that also includes how you can manage your online presence as you prepare and search for work.  If you are interested in receiving copies of these brochures, please contact Vicky Yuki at (206) 233-7877 or by email at vicky.yuki@seattle.gov.

You can also preview the content on our site at seattle.gov/getonline.

Video: Low cost broadband for $10 per month

Did you know that there are four providers in Seattle that offer $10 per month home Internet?  We  want to everyone who is qualified to take advantage of these discounted opportunities available in Seattle and have produced a public service announcement to let you know what your options are.  Watch this PSA to learn more.


The Seattle Public Library rolls out new computer resources for public workstations

The Seattle Public Library is expanding technology access and learning resources for Library patrons. All Library locations now offer upgraded workstations, full access to Microsoft Windows and relaxed permissions for patrons.

  • More applications – The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere and more, is now available on all public workstations. Microsoft Office applications are still available as well.
  • Full access to Microsoft Windows – Library computers now look and act just like a “normal” Windows computer. Computer users have full access to built-in software applications, accessories and functions.
  • More permissions – Library patrons now have the ability to download and install applications during their computer-use session. All computers are restored to a default state after a session ends.

Learn more about the Library’s public computers at http://spl.org/computers. Library patrons can use their Library card to reserve a computer for up to 90 minutes a day at http://spl.org/reserveacomputer.

Not only does the Library offer great technology, but it also teaches people how to use it. The Library teaches computer classes, provides access through Microsoft IT Academy to hundreds of online courses and preparation for Microsoft Certification exams, and more:

  • The Safari Book Collection at http://spl.org/safari has thousands of free electronic books on a variety of technical topics for both beginners and experts. The Library has more than 100 titles for Adobe Photoshop at http://spl.org/photoshop.
  • Library workstations have access to Lynda.com technology instructional videos at http://spl.org/lynda, which includes full courses on software products as well as tutorials on specific topics like “Logo Design Techniques,” “Product Photography for Jewelry,” “Working with Camera RAW Files,” and “Creating Aircraft Profiles Using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.”

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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.

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.

Watch public broadband forum with Chris Mitchell

The video of the talk by Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative, presented in Seattle in October, is now available online. He discussed the realistic feasibility of a municipally-owned broadband network that delivers high-speed Internet access. This event was sponsored by the City of Seattle’s Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB) and Brown Paper Tickets, with support from the Department of Information Technology. Watch the Community Broadband Forum here.

Seattle Channel wins national Excellence in Government Programming award

Seattle Channel was named the best municipal television station in the nation when it received the prestigious Excellence in Government Programming award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) at the group’s annual meeting held in St. Paul, Minnesota in early October.

Additionally, the City-operated station won eight programming awards for its variety of public affairs, arts and community coverage.

NATOA honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. This year, NATOA received 720 entries submitted in 64 categories by local governments across the country.

This is Seattle Channel’s fifth NATOA win in eight years for programming excellence. Seattle Channel competed against other government-access TV stations with budgets over $1 million. The station was recognized with the top government-programming award in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

If you have a story idea for the Seattle Channel, contact Lori Patrick at 206-733-9764.

Here is a listing of Seattle Channel’s 2014 NATOA awards:

Excellence in Government Programming

First Place 
Interview/Talk Show: City Inside/Out – Human Trafficking

Election Coverage: City Inside/Out – Council Race: Bagshaw vs. Bellomio

Arts and Entertainment: Art Zone with Nancy Guppy – Casey Curran

Public Education: CityStream –  Alongthe Duwamish

Public Service Announcement: Seattle Channel Mobile App

Second Place
Arts and Entertainment: Art Zone with Nancy Guppy – Jade Solomon Curtis

Public Health: CityStream – Food Action Plan

Honorable Mention
Visual Arts: Art Zone with Nancy Guppy Calendar