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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…

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…

Alleged North Korean Sony Pictures hack a lesson in corporate decency

Let’s see if I’ve got this straight. Sony Pictures produces a silly [some might call it stupid] movie about a plot to assassinate the ruler…

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…

Seattle Police prepare for a big computer upgrade

The Seattle Police Department is preparing to acquire a multi-million dollar computer system, which would provide powerful tools to manage and analyze data about both…

Calling All Nerds: How can we use our tech boom to create an equitable, integrated city?

Have an idea to make the Seattle area even more awesome? Want to get it in front of Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch and CrunchFund…

Inslee needs to light a fire on climate change

Second of two articles When Jay Inslee was a congressman, he authored a blueprint for a new moonshot for clean energy. He called it Apollo’s Fire. Inslee…

Seattle Steam Co., old utility with new ideas

Some of the Seattle Steam Company's equipment looks like scenery pulled from a factory-set in an old silent film. In the company's two buildings on Western Avenue…

Crosscut’s reinventing journalism. Meet the Community Idea Lab

Today Crosscut is launching its Community Idea Lab, a new way of practicing journalism that educates the community about a particular issue and incubates great…

Why app design is replacing computer science in public schools

Were teenagers by-and-large rational, computer science would be an easy sell. In what other industry is a 50-person company selling for $19 billion? What other industry…

The UX Doctor: Fixing Seattle’s new parking meters

Stuck card, connection failure, redundant charges — nearly every Seattle driver has had a frustrating experience with a parking pay station. So when the Seattle…

The Washington Mudslide: Should there be an ‘App for That’?

The horrific mudslide and loss of life in Snohomish County on March 22nd is an ongoing tragedy in Washington state. Six days after the disaster,…

Council puts limits on rideshare companies

A limit on rideshare vehicles for at least the next year is part of Seattle's City Council's new set of taxi and rideshare regulations approved…