Posts for 'Technology'

Urban Politics #347: My Bold New Plan for Pedestrian Safety Downtown

April 1st, 2014

I’m introducing legislation to wrap foam padding around poles along sidewalks to reduce physical harm to inattentive pedestrian texters.

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Comcast Cable Franchise Renewal

March 31st, 2014

You have until May 31st to give the City a piece of your mind regarding Comcast’s cable service in Seattle.

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Urban Politics #343: Accountability in the City Budget

December 9th, 2013

Next year, the City’s new Startup Seattle program will provide the Council a 3-year work plan and identify monetary and in-kind commitments from non-city partners.

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Technology Matching Fund Awards

August 14th, 2013

This past Monday, the Seattle City Council approved $320,000 in Technology Matching Funds to support twenty-four community technology projects across the city.

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Steamed Over Arts Education

May 13th, 2013

Just as important as engineering and math is the innovative thinking and creativity that can allow science to be more than merely an exercise.

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A Free Wi-Fi Network for Seattle?

February 19th, 2013

The FCC is proposing giving away unlicensed portions of the digital spectrum to allow for super Wi-Fi networks across the nation.

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Urban Politics #321: Social Media and Urban Politics

April 17th, 2012

I wonder how many of you remember receiving my first e-newsletter, Urban Politics (UP) #01, back in 1996? It addressed transferring the Freeway Park garage to the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. In 1996, one would start their modem, wait 30 seconds to log on, check email, perhaps spend a few minutes chatting with an AOL buddy. One could browse, but there was no YouTube, Huffington Post or Wikipedia. There was no FaceBook, Twitter or Google Search to browse to. There was no such thing as a blog.

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Helping to Close the Digital Divide

March 5th, 2012

Do you know that Seattle ranks 2nd among the most literate cities in the U.S., just behind Washington D.C.? For some time, now, Seattle has been trying to increase digital literacy rates, as well, through Technology Matching Grants.

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Urban Politics #213: Comcast Cable Franchise Renewal

April 19th, 2006

The City Council’s Energy and Technology Committee is considering proposed legislation related to the Comcast cable franchise renewal. Councilmember Jean Godden is the chair, I am the vice-chair, and David J. Della is a member of this committee, which focuses on Seattle City Light, energy rates and energy sources, information technology, cable and broadband telecommunications, Seattle Public Access Network (SCAN) and citizen technology literacy and access.

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Urban Politics #165: The Lure Of Biotech Industry Jobs

September 17th, 2003

The City, under the Mayor’s guidance, has set upon a course of attracting biotech industries to Seattle and to the South Lake Union neighborhood in particular. With Seattle’s unemployment rate being one of the highest in the nation for a major urban area, pursuing this industry appears to be a “no-brainer”.

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