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Archives for September, 2009

Crowdsourcing Vivek Kundra’s Interview: Send Your Questions

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

As some of you might know, Gartner is holding its annual Symposium and IT EXPO in Orlando, FL between October 18 and 22, 2009. This year we have a lot of sessions on government IT, covering hot topics such as Web 2.0, Social Media and Cloud Computing. But the highlight of the event will be […]


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Facebook and Twitter as Public Goods: An Intriguing Idea

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

I just read a fascinating post by Ethan Zuckerman about the sustainability of social networks. He looks at a number of Internet ventures, at fee-based models, at advertisement-based models. He observes that … Niche content can support itself via advertising, and search engines will continue to divert us to advertisers as we search for useful […]


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High Profile Government Social Network Gets Acquired: What Is GovLoop’s Future?

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

Over the last year or so GovLoop, a social network initiated by a DHS employee, Steve Ressler, has morphed into one of the most important electronic “agoras” where federal and non-federal employees,a s well as people from all over the world interested in Government 2.0 can exchange ideas. Yesterday GovLoop announced that it is being […]


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Forget Privacy, It Is Just An illusion

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 28, 2009  |  20 Comments

Over the last week I’ve had a number of conversations with clients, colleagues and friends about how to deal with online social media. Some people are firm believers in the power of social networking and use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others very heavily, blurring personal and professional profiles and details quite freely. Others are scared […]


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Governments on Facebook Are Off The Records

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 27, 2009  |  5 Comments

I intended to write this post before, but I have been travelling last week (with a few flight connection and lost luggage hiccups). So it is only now that I can put a few thoughts down in writing on what I believe is one of the most important (but not  too widely publicized or commented) […]


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Open Source Software and Government: The Last Mohicans

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 25, 2009  |  5 Comments

Over the last few days I had a few conversations with government and quasi government organizations in Europe that operate under some form of directive that promotes or strongly encourage the use of open source. Most of our clients are professionals in the IT departments, and in many cases they seem to barely stand the […]


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Toward Social Security 2.0 – How About Crowdsourcing Pensions?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 24, 2009  |  4 Comments

Earlier today I was having a conversation with European clients in the social security domain and we were discussing about the impact of government 2.0 in that domain. The usual examples came up, ranging from the role of communities in child welfare, to how to leverage LinkedIn to re-employ unemployed people. But none of those […]


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The Geopolitics of Cloud Computing – Part 2

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 22, 2009  |  6 Comments

In a post a month ago I said that …the interrelationships between government and cloud service providers will always go well beyond a simple client-provider one. Contentious points in deciding for or against cloud-based solutions will necessarily include elements such as local economic development (do we attract businesses in our jurisdiction? do we create better […]


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Open Data and Application Contests: Government 2.0 at the Peak of Inflated Expectations

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 22, 2009  |  26 Comments

Government 2.0 is rapidly reaching what we at Gartner call the peak of inflated expectations. This is the highest point in the diagram called “hype cycle”, which constitutes one of our most famous branded deliverables to our clients and that often feature on the press. Almost all technologies and technology-driven phenomena go through this point, […]


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Government 2.0, German Style: Still Too Much Planning?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 20, 2009  |  2 Comments

While many of my posts concern the United States – where most of the IT-drive government innovation seems to be happening – and I do occasionally cover other countries, I have never commented about what is going on in the largest EU nation and one of the largest economies in the world, i.e. Germany. I […]


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