Indian-American named New York's chief digital officer

Posted on:04 Aug 2016 09:43:27

Indian-American named New York's chief digital officer
04 August 2016 Current Affairs GK: 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 : 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.

Sreenivasan will work to increase access to city-led technology initiatives, focus on outreach to the tech community and direct citywide digital policy.

Sreenivasan, who is currently on a social media speaking tour across India, said there are many opportunities to extend the Mayor’s Digital Playbook.

Before that he spent 20 years as a member of faculty of the Columbia Journalism School and a year as Columbia University’s first Chief Digital Officer.

An immigrant from India, Sreenivasan was born in Japan and received a Bachelor’s degree in History from St Stephen’s College in Delhi. 

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