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Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary of Tech for NY State

Rachel Haot Foto: Undercurrent



Undercurrent Interview with Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary of Tech for NY State

For three years Rachel S. Haot, served as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York.

She was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg from January 2011 to December 2013. Major milestones are the city’s first digital roadmap completed in 2013, an overhaul and responsive design relaunch of, and bringing in developers to compete in hackathons for best solution. serves over 35 million unique visitors annually. The city’s social media audience expanded to nearly four million (triple what it was previously).

I also admire small steps she has taken such as shortening all URL in a collaboration with

Before her role with the City, Rachel served as founder and CEO of GroundReport, one of the earliest global citizen journalism platforms, from 2006 to 2010.

Now she is the Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary of Technology for New York State, part of Governor Cuomo’s administration.

Read the interview with Rachel Haot. over at Undercurrent’s website.



Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary of Tech for NY State - Count me in for Europe's transformation

Photo montage: Rachel Haot with yours truly copied in. Photo: Harald Hufgard



Something the German government and the European Union may want to look into

Germany has good use for a digital officer appointed by Angela Merkel. Unlike popular belief the transformation of all government agencies is no big issue.

Big issues don’t require big solutions. Required technologies are available off-the-shelf and accessible by even huge corporations and institutions. No investment in hardware needed. No time consuming reeducation required. Workshop free. Why?

Not what we think changes what we do – what we do changes what we think.

Back in 2005, I had the creative lead for, and the idea for the Merkel podcasts popped up, for the early parliamentary elections. 9 years later, is a beacon of a responsive one pager, featuring parallax scrolling and a no nonsense web experience across devices both efficient and elegant.

Like Euklid Tsakalotos, Varoufakis’ successor came to Brussels empty handed, I wish to be invited to visit Berlin or the State Chancellery in Munich, equipped with a handwtitten note. My business card says „much appreciated”. Another such universal solution.

Drop me a note.
Transformation made easy.