Andrea DiMaio

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Archives for July, 2009

Twitter Guidelines for British Government: Where Are Employees?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 30, 2009  |  4 Comments

On July 21st, with a post on the Digital Engagement blog, Neil Williams, head of corporate digital channels at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in the UK government, shared a Template Twitter strategy for Government Departments. This is a significant step forward not just for the UK but for many governments around […]


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Coalition to Lobby U.S. Government to Promote Open Source

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 29, 2009  |  Comments Off

Just a few words to point to the Gartner News Analysis (accessible also to non-clients) that comments on the creation of Open Source for America by a group of vendors and universities.

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Government-Run Cloud Infrastructure: One, Many or None?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 29, 2009  |  4 Comments

Since when I started following what the US federal administration is doing around cloud computing (see here), I have been wondering whether there was an intention to come up with something like a government-run cloud infrastructure, which sounds like the more modern version of a centralized government infrastructure. The first official move from the federal […]


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The White House and Government 2.0: To Tweet Or Not To Tweet?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 28, 2009  |  4 Comments

(UPDATED) During an interview on C-SPAN on July 26th, when asked by the interviewer whether he was personally using Twitter, the Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that he does not, also because “for some reason Twitter is blocked on White House computers” (but primarily because he feels people already know enough about what it […]


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McKinsey Misses The Mark on E-Government and Web 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 27, 2009  |  1 Comment

A few days ago I received the usual email from McKinsey Quarterly flagging the availability of their article about E-Government 2.0. I always read McKinsey’s articles with interest, as I often find great insights. Although it starts from the right premise (e-government has somewhat plateaued over the last few years), I found that its suggested […]

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Another Controversial Portal Gets Funded, Again

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 24, 2009  |  Comments Off

My colleague Massimiliano Claps and I just published a First Take (that’s the way we call news analysis for our clients) on The event that inspired this was the re-launch of the Italian tourism portal, which has raised considerable discussion in the Italian blogosphere. This is an interesting example of a government that […]

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Twittering Against Drink Driving: Not Such A Great Idea

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 23, 2009  |  Comments Off

I just read that the Police in the State of Victoria, Australia, will start tweeting “boozy breath test readings recorded by the police in an attempt to enforce the safe driving message amongst young drivers”. People can follow the Victoria police on their Twitter page. At first sight, this looks like a cool idea. Young […]

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Lost In Transparency?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 22, 2009  |  1 Comment

Although I am on vacation, I keep receiving feeds and alerts from various blogs and publications, in between my teen age daughter’s short text messages asking to stay up with friends a little bit longer and unanswered calls to my younger son to know whether he’s still alive after a diving session. I noticed that […]

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What If Government IT (Spending) Vanishes In A Cloud?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 21, 2009  |  3 Comments

I have noticed that my posts on cloud computing in government generated some interesting discussion. So I thought I would push the boundaries just a little bit further. In a recent article I have covered the “blurring of government”, highlighting how the convergence of social software, consumer devices and products and commoditization of infrastructure and […]


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Lack of Money Pushes Local Governments Into the Clouds

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 17, 2009  |  10 Comments

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the city of Los Angeles is weighing a plan to replace its e-mail and records retention software with a service provided by Google, a move that could allow the Internet giant to retain sensitive records transmitted by the police and other municipal agencies While this is clearly still […]


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