De Blasio to deliver Internet Week keynote speech

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to give the keynote speech at this year’s Internet Week New York when the technology convention opens on Monday.

This year’s event comes as New York City seeks to assert itself as the east coast answer to Silicon Valley, with leading technology programs and a growing startup culture.

In his speech, de Blasio is expected to outline his administration’s strategy for bolstering the city’s tech sector.

“New York City has emerged as a global center for innovation, and my administration stands ready to ensure that we lead the world in technology growth, and that we’re developing and feeding the 21st century talent pipeline in New York City,” the mayor said in a statement.

The seventh annual Internet Week features more than 200 events, from panel discussions with tech visionaries like Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo, to Q&A sessions with the people whose real-life story inspired the popular Netflix show Orange Is the New Black.

For Metro’s list of the week’s top events and tips for navigating the festival, click here.

Follow Emily Johnson on Twitter @emilyjreports



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