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Archives for November, 2009

Do You Want to Show the Value of E-Government? Forget the Citizen

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 30, 2009  |  5 Comments

Earlier today I had an inquiry with an e-government program manager from a state administration who told me about the constant struggle they have in convincing the business to adopt online services. For one particular project she mentioned they had been literally fighting with the relevant ministry for over three years, without accomplishing almost anything. […]


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Taking My Own Medicine: Client-Sourcing Gartner Research

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 30, 2009  |  5 Comments

[updated on December 2, based on comments received internally and externally] I have been blogging for about a year now and I should thank all those who have been reading and commenting on my posts, providing me their valuable viewpoints and encouraging me to put the extra effort needed to blog at a regular pace […]


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Broadband for All May Not Be as Urgent as Many Say

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 29, 2009  |  9 Comments

For those who have been in this business for a while, calls for the deployment of telecommunication infrastructures as a foundation for the so-called “information society” are not new. Several cities, counties, regions have invested substantial amounts of money in deploying infrastructure that is either operated by private enterprises or by government-owned ones. Almost inevitably […]


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URL Shorteners: New Fabric of Society or Hidden Threat?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 27, 2009  |  6 Comments

Yesterday I posted about how government 2.0 may be vulnerable to changes in social media platforms and to the fate of many of the tools that make online social networks work. One of these tools, made increasingly important by the success of Twitter and other microblogging platforms, is URL shorteners. These are web sites that […]


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Government 2.0 and the Expiry Date of Social Networks

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 24, 2009  |  9 Comments

A very good article by Mike Elgan (The Wikipedia Exodus Is the Least of Our Worries) and already commented by my colleague Daryl Plummer, raises a few excellent points for those who are strategizing about government 2.0 and the whole issue of citizen engagement. Elgan flags the decreasing number of editors on Wikipedia, as well […]


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Is Open Government Data the New Spam?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 24, 2009  |  6 Comments

My last meeting of the day was, as it often happens, the best. I met a fairly senior official in a state government who is tasked with web site consolidation, information management and engagement strategy. Quite a daunting task, but the person has clear ideas and looks determined, both useful qualities to be up to […]


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When Security Concerns Are An Elegant Excuse Not To Tackle Government 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 23, 2009  |  3 Comments

Once again today I had two subsequent meeting where people said that the main concern slowing down the adoption of Web 2.0 tools and approaches in government was security. I do not want to underplay the very valid security concern, nor to suggest that government organizations should be any less careful about the threats posed […]


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US Air Force Shows the Power of Commoditization

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 21, 2009  |  2 Comments

A few days ago I came across a request for proposals issued by the US Air Force Materiel Command to purchase 2,200 Sony Playstation 3 (PS3). For how surprising this may look like, the  justification is indeed very clear. The Air Force is interested in expanding an earlier pilot where it has been using 300 […]


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Government 2.0: Lost in EU Declaration

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 19, 2009  |  13 Comments

Every other year the ministers responsible for e-government in the EU member states, candidate accession countries and those in European free trade area meet to discuss respective progress on e-government as well as common future objectives. This year they are meeting at a conference in Malmo (Sweden) on November 19-20. Why a declaration? The most […]


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Mashup Contests Are Either Too Late Or Too Early

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 18, 2009  |  7 Comments

Last month I expressed my reservations about the usefulness of mashup contests, i.e. those initiatives where people are invited to submit applications that use public data available on government web sites to create new view of that data. After the various AppsForDemocracy, AppsForAmerica, INCA and others, it is now the Australian mashup contest to capture […]


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