Internet Week kicks off in New York

Web-focused events lead up to the Webby Awards

NEW YORK -- Internet Week kicked off here with a Monday evening reception at Gracie Mansion.

Speaking at the event, Mayor Michael Bloomberg remarked that, though other industries in New York are experiencing a downturn, the city's technology sector is "booming." He pointed to Google's sizable office in New York as evidence of the industry's scope.

"I think it's the perfect time to celebrate New York's Internet achievements," Bloomberg said.

Internet Week begins Tuesday and runs through June 10 in New York and comprises offline Web-focused events leading up to the 12th annual Webby Awards Gala. The events are organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, which puts on the Webbys, in cooperation with the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.

Webby Awards executive director David-Michel Davies was also on hand at the reception. Bloomberg presented Davies with a City Proclamation for Internet Week.

"This week speaks volumes about the Internet's prominence in our society," Davies said.

Bloomberg also joked that the day last year that he set up his Facebook page was a landmark event in the city's relationship with the Internet, up there with the first time the term "Silicon Alley" was published in 1995 and when Bryant Park was wired for wi-fi in 2002.

Katherine Oliver, the commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting was also in attendance.