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Posts from Date:   2009-8

What If IT Became A Core Business for Government?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 31, 2009

Among the many calls for commoditization of government IT and the arguments made to support a move toward cloud-based services (both Infrastructure and Software as a Service), some news I read today and a later client conversation made me wonder whether we are not getting it all wrong. The news was from earlier today on […]

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Digital Divides Will Not Stop Government 2.0: Do Not Wait For A Crisis To Find Out

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 30, 2009

In several papers, conferences or client inquiries I am hearing the same argument, over and over again: unless you are a digital native, you are not going to buy any soon into social networking, so there is no chance it will happen unless (1) everybody has (high speed) Internet access and (2) a generational change […]

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Web 2.0 May Harm E-Government Leaders

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 28, 2009

I spent most of the day attending an interesting workshop held as part of the European Forum in Alpbach, a beautiful town hidden in the mountains of the the Tyrol region in Austria. The topic of the workshop was the conflict between citizens and public administration in government 2.0, and there was quite an impressive […]

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It’s Time For E-Government and Government Employees To Get The Dignity They Deserve

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 26, 2009

Since when the term e-government was coined around the end of the nineties, it has almost inevitably referred to the use of Internet and other information technologies to transform the way government organizations deliver services and operate. I do not think that definition has really changed since. E-government was always part of a larger initiative, […]

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Furloughs May Be A Double Edged Sword For Cash-Constrained Jurisdictions

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 24, 2009

According to an article on the Washington Post, A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Prince George’s County violated the U.S. Constitution when it furloughed 5,900 workers in the last fiscal year, a decision that could force the county to repay millions in wages […] The judge also wrote that the ruling “is not a pronouncement […]

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Cloud Computing in Government: More Technology or Sourcing Approach?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 20, 2009

Last week I had an interesting conversation with a US State client, who runs a central  organization providing infrastructure services to some State agencies. The IT organization there is quite decentralized (or – al most –federated) and each agency can run its own IT infrastructure, although quite a few have their servers hosted by the […]

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The (Not Too) New Kid On The Block in D.C.: Gartner’s McClure Moves To The GSA

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 18, 2009

I have been willing to post about this since when I knew, but wanted to wait for the official news. My (now former) colleague and friend Dave McClure, who has been managing and research VP in the Gartner government research team, is starting his new job at the General Services Administration, as Associate Administrator for […]

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The Geopolitics of Cloud Computing

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 17, 2009

Like most highly hyped technology topics, also cloud computing is raising increasing political attention. This is already clear for the U.S: Federal Government where many people at OMB and GSA push the idea of cloud computing as a cure for various IT diseases. But this is happening also at the state and local level. Two […]

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Listing the Downsides of Government 2.0: Any Hints?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 16, 2009

As I said in a previous post, I am currently doing research on the Dark Side of Government 2.0. Here is a list of areas I am exploring: Security (expanding on what I wrote earlier) Privacy (citizen’s, employee’s, boundaries between personal and professional profiles) Freedom (1st amendment vs. policing participation) Mashup liabilities (e.g. government data […]

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Vivek Kundra’s Resume: Much Ado About Nothing?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 14, 2009

Over the last two days, the blogosphere has witnessed an interesting debate about whether Vivek Kundra’s resume is entirely accurate and sufficient for his current role as U.S. Federal CIO. It all started with a blog post by John Dvorak, where he casted doubts about Vivek’s academic achievements and his experience outside the public sector, […]

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