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The Intersection of Tech and Media in NYC: a Conversation with Rachel Haot

Rachel Haot is the chief digital officer for the City of New York, leading NYC Digital, part of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. The mission of NYC Digital is to realize Mayor Bloomberg’s digital roadmap for New York City, a plan to fulfill the city’s digital potential. The city’s digital roadmap focuses on five core pillars: Access, Education, Open Government, Engagement and Industry. The full strategy is available at

In addition to providing strategic guidance, NYC Digital focuses on enhancing the way city government engages with New Yorkers online, and on supporting and partnering with the thriving tech industry. Today, New York City government has a digital audience of more than 5.4 million users, and more than 200 specialized social media feeds catering to city services and resources.

Prior to her current role, Haot was founder and CEO of GroundReport, a global, crowdsourced news startup. She founded GroundReport in 2006 with the mission to democratize media and help the world share its stories. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, specializing in social media and entrepreneurship. In 2012, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and serves on the digital advisory boards of Women@NBCU and the NY/NJ 2014 Super Bowl Hosting Committee.

The Fordham Digital Media Disruption Lecture Series is a public humanities program sponsored by Fordham University Graduate School of Business, with the express mission to examine the impact and influence of digital and social technologies through engaging conversations with today’s digital influencers. The DMD Lecture Series is open to everyone and is intended for those interested in understanding the convergence of technology, media, and entertainment.

Registration required.

For more information, contact Athan Stephanopoulos, Lecturer in Communications and Media Management, CEO/Founder, GorillaSpot at [email protected] or [email protected].


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