Author: Gemma Alexander


Gemma Alexander is a Seattle-based freelance writer specializing in technical topics for general readers. She holds a degree in Horticulture and has worked in a genetics lab and at a landfill. See other things she has written here.

Washington state has until October 2018 to get Real

Washington state has been resisting the implementing the REAL ID act for a number of reasons since its passage in 2005, but November 2018 will be the final deadline for their compliance. By then, flying out of SeaTac airport will no longer be possible with just a driver’s license.

Seattle keeps city surveillance in check

Seattle has passed legislation that expands the definition of surveillance equipment to include software programs or hosted software services and requires city departments to conduct community outreach prior to the council’s consideration of the request to purchase surveillance technology.

Are special courts for military veterans fair?

Veterans treatment courts have sprung up in recent years, providing an alternative to the traditional justice system for war veterans with mental health problems.  These special courts offer a second chance to criminal defendants who suffer from the negative consequences of military service, including PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse. But these issues are […]

Make the most of Small Business Saturday

72 percent of U.S. consumers are aware of Small Business Saturday and 81 percent encourage others to participate in “shopping small.” Find out what your business can do to get the most out of this year’s holiday.

Your selfie could cost your seat at the big game

It used to be that the only rip-off you had to worry about from ticket scalpers was paying way more than the face value of the seats you bought. But it’s becoming more common for tech savvy scammers to sell fake tickets – and you could become a victim even if the tickets you bought are real.

Trading privacy for convenience

Recently, it appears that losing our personal digital privacy may be the price we pay for the rapid improvement of connectivity and convenience provided by innovative technology and the burgeoning Internet of Things.