An eminent Indian-American digital media expert has been named by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as the city's new Chief Digital Officer to focus on promoting access to local government through technology and support its tech ecosystem. Sree Sreenivasan has previously served as the renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art's first Chief Digital Officer as well as at Columbia University.
He has also been a mayoral appointee on the Commission on Public Information and Communication (COPIC) since October 2015, where he assisted the public in obtaining access to city information and helped develop strategies for the use of new communications technologies to improve access to, and distribution of city data, the mayor's office said in a statement In his new role, Sreenivasan will work to increase access to city-led technology initiatives, focus on outreach to the tech community and direct citywide digital policy. He will also direct the Office of Digital Strategy (NYC Digital) to launch digital products that encourage civic engagement, increase government transparency, and support New York City's thriving tech ecosystem.
"To move our city's digital ecosystem into the 21st century, we need to ensure our city's resources are at the fingertips of every New Yorker. With Sree Sreenivasan's wealth of experience, I am confident that he will work to promote transparency, access, and progressive values with our digital tools, helping spread access across the five boroughs," de Blasio said.