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Positive disruption: Puget Sound’s best civic tech projects of 2015

Technology, the sector, may be responsible for Seattle’s rapid growth over the last several years, giving new urgency to conversations about equity, affordability, and the…

Smartypants guide to the FullConTech Conference

As Washington’s tech sector continues its rapid growth, are we adapting fast enough? That’s the central question that participants in Tuesday’s FullConTech conference will address.…

Q&A: Councilmember Sawant on public broadband and a socialist Microsoft

There are politicians who seem to inspire strong reactions in people almost exclusively, with little ground between full-fledged supporters and opponents. In Seattle, that politician…

Socialist councilmember Sawant calls for a new tech revolution

With the exception of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant is the most prominent socialist in American politics. In her years of…

Is this the world’s most troubling app?

At a coffee shop near Amazon’s headquarters, I am surrounded by sickness. A case of pink eye lurks nearby, there can be no doubt. Fevers…

Following setbacks, municipal broadband supporters continue urging action

A recent city-commissioned study has cast doubts whether a publicly-owned, municipal fiber network will ever be built in Seattle, depicting it as too pricey without a…

Video: Highlights from Civic Cocktail’s evening on SIFF and Civic Tech

How is tech reshaping our civic life? We put that question to a panel of local experts at last Wednesday’s Civic Cocktail. Cathy Wissink, Microsoft’s…

Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Tech and SIFF

How is technology reshaping — hopefully, improving — civic life? A panel of local experts will explore that question at next Wednesday's Civic Cocktail. It's a question…

How Seattle can deal with the Ellen Pao setback

Ellen Pao has lost her gender discrimination lawsuit against venture capital giant Kleiner Perkins. Only time will tell if she and other professional women will…

Can coders fix the Seattle area’s traffic problems?

Buildings can be razed and replaced. Single-family homes can become multi-story apartment complexes. As Seattle adapts to its status as the fastest growing city in…

Meet the company making math addictive

"You don’t feel like 'I'm finished' but 'I want to learn more,'" says Zoran Popovic, the Director of the University of Washington Center for Game…

State vs. spying: Bill aims to limit drones’ information gathering

A bill to regulate the gathering of information by private drone aircraft is poised for a takeoff in the Washington House. The legislation introduced by…

Biking app’s data may let city design safer paths downtown

When the Seattle Department of Transportation plans the coming downtown network of protected bike lanes this year, it will do so with a new tool…

Police privacy law complicates plan for body cameras

On Wednesday afternoon, in a meeting of the public safety, civil rights and technology committee at Seattle City Hall, little known police intelligence auditor Mark…

Welcome back to Boondogglia

Seventeen years ago, when Seattle was briefly a media capital, I wrote a story for the then-locally based Slate on the amazing tendency of public…

10 barriers to Obama’s police body cam plan

President Obama is redirecting at least $75 million in federal funding to buy body-worn video cameras for up to 50,000 police officers.  This initiative is…

City moves forward with privacy initiative

Prompted by concerns over how city departments collect and use data, Mayor Ed Murray and two members of the Seattle City Council unveiled a new…

City Council passes ride-sharing regulations. Again.

The months-long saga surrounding ride-sharing regulations in Seattle finally neared an end Monday, as the City Council approved legislation that would allow services like Lyft, Sidecar…

Crosscut’s Community Idea Lab: The Results Are In

The Event: Crosscut's first ever Community Idea Lab, a community conversation and idea contest, designed to answer one question: How can we use our tech…

New rideshare plan removes driver caps, relaxes taxi regs

After weeks of negotiations with popular rideshare services, taxi companies, and city leaders, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Monday announced a tentative agreement that would…

Seattle’s tech boom isn’t just for rich kids: 3 programs reinvigorating STEM education

Over the next four years, Washington’s science and tech economy is expected to grow at a faster pace than the national average, and almost all…

Hazing Seattle’s new CTO

Michael Mattmiller doesn’t seem like a man who fights cops. Mild-mannered and smart, one doesn’t envision him waging war against telecom companies. But we wanted…

WTIA CEO: Time for the tech community to speak up

Editor's Note: Michael wrote this piece as part of Crosscut's first Community Idea Lab, a new kind of journalism aimed at solving local problems. Our…

Why Seattle’s future depends on low-rise, older neighborhoods

Urban advocates have been questioning whether historic preservation is a good thing for cities. Some argue that anything other than maximum densities hurts the environment…

How a “game-changing” gift is supercharging UW research

As a top research institution, the University of Washington netted nearly $1.5 billion in federal funds last year to support its discovery efforts. So when…