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How Seattle funds digital equity

Seattle officials last week announced they will distribute $343,000 in digital literacy grants between 15 community organizations to improve digital equity. Through its annual Technology Matching Fund project, the city will fund nonprofits that support K-12 students and adult learners in historically underrepresented communities, with grants being used to buy new laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, tech-literacy training and mentorship services. “This past year made clear both how essential reliable internet is and how many obstacles to access remain for historically disadvantaged groups and neighborhoods,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said. Ryan Johnston reports.

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It's still happening...

Stanford University last week joined the ranks of universities and other large organizations that've had their data stolen and published by malicious actors as a result of their exposure to a major data breach of the Accellion file-transfer application. Jack Cable, a Stanford student and cybersecurity researcher who has been an adviser to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said one reason more and more organizations like Stanford are falling victim to this breach is because they're still heavily reliant on outdated — and vulnerability-laden —  software like Accellion. “I’m not placing the blame on the university or any particularly companies, but overall this is 20-year-old legacy software," he said. Benjamin Freed has more on EdScoop

Carlson out

After more than a decade leading Amazon Web Services’ public sector business, Teresa Carlson is leaving the cloud computing giant to join Splunk as the analytics firm's president and chief growth officer, Billy Mitchell reports at FedScoop. Since joining Amazon Web Services in 2010, Carlson has grown the company into a leader in public sector cloud sales, particularly in its work with the federal government, though the company also has a large number of state and local clients. Carlson's boss at AWS, Andy Jassy, was recently named to succeed Jeff Bezos as Amazon's chief executive when Bezos steps back later this year. Read more at FedScoop.

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