CHENNAI: After helping the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Arts to take the digital route, tech journalist-turned-evangelist and administrator Sreenath Sreenivasan (46) will help New Yorkers access city data easier as the city’s new Chief Digital Officer.
“To move our city’s digital ecosystem into the 21st century, we need to ensure that our city’s resources are at the fingertips of every New Yorker. With Sreenivasan’s wealth of experience… he will work to promote transparency, access and progressive values with our digital tools, helping spread access,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, making the announcement on Monday.
Son of former diplomat T P Sreenivasan, ‘Sree’ Sreenivasan was the first Chief Digital Officer of the museum, popularly known as The Met, for the last three years, where he “helped redefine what digital means to museums”, said The Met director Tom Campbell and president Daniel Weiss in a note announcing his departure.
During his stint, he oversaw initiatives, including The Met App and The Artist Project, among many.
“In his new role, Sreenivasan will direct the Office of Digital Strategy to launch digital products that encourage civic engagement, increase government transparency and support New York’s thriving tech ecosystem,” said the official announcement by the City of New York.
Sree Sreenivasan is now in India, touring cities to conduct free social media workshops.