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Archives for December, 2009

Vivek Kundra Named CIO of the Year: Good Choice, Tough Future

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

Not surprisingly Vivek Kundra, US Federal CIO, has been named CIO of the Year by Information Week. I met him for the first time a bit more than a year ago, when he was CTO in DC and launched the first application contest (appsfordemocracy) as part of his early move toward open government. He has […]


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A Year in Review: Top Ten for Government 2.0 in 2009

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 29, 2009  |  17 Comments

Almost inevitably the last few days of the year feature an impressive number of lists – on newspapers, magazines, web sites, radio and TV programs – about the best and the worst that happened during the year that is about to end. As 2009 is my first full year as a blogger, I could not […]


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What May Happen to Social Media in 2010 That Governments Should Be Aware Of?

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

Yesterday the Orange County Register published 13 surprises to hit social media in 2010. This is an interesting list and, although I do not necessarily agree with all those “surprises”, some raise intriguing questions for government agencies that are struggling with their own social media strategies. Let me pick a few: At least one of […]


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The Australian Government 2.0 Taskforce Teaches Us A Lesson

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 26, 2009  |  6 Comments

In what is likely to be one of the last messages it will post on its blog, the Australian Government 2.0 Taskforce announced that – as planned – it will end operating, leaving room to whatever new organization will be established to carry forward the excellent recommendations drafted in its final report. I already said […]


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A Christmas Wish List for Government 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 24, 2009  |  7 Comments

It’s Christmas eve and kids (as well as many grown-ups) make their late wishes, hoping that Santa Claus will listen to them and make their dreams come true under their Christmas tree. As I am busy with last-minute shopping and hours-long packing, I thought I’d share a few wishes for government 2.0, who is like […]


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Vendors and Consultants Should Not Be Driving Government 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 23, 2009  |  12 Comments

In an earlier post I discussed about whether vendors may derail government 2.0. My line of reasoning was that most of what government 2.0 is about is bottom-up experimentation and transparency, and neither may be exactly welcome to incumbent IT service providers. In fact, much of shortcomings in e.government relate to doing too much in […]


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How “Smart” Can Government 2.0 Be?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 22, 2009  |  5 Comments

Lately the terms “smart” or “smarter” have become quite fashionable in combination with terms like “city”, “planet” or “government”. Vendors such as IBM, Oracle, Cisco and others use this adjective to allude to how the use of information technology can help government agencies or entire jurisdictions to better achieve their strategic objectives. Like most catchy […]


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It is Time to Look at Government 3.0 (or Better Understand 2.0)

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 21, 2009  |  9 Comments

Although I said some time ago that I did not like the term government 2.0, I have surrendered to its popularity among government clients as well as vendors, to the point that Gartner now has its own definition Government 2.0 is the use of IT to socialize and commoditize government services, processes and data. Reading […]


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What Do Berlusconi and 9/11 Tell Us About Government 2.0?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 20, 2009  |  4 Comments

On December 13 2009 the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was injured in Milan (Italy) by a mentally disturbed individual who hit him with a statuette. Shortly afterwards Facebook and other social media have been stormed by discussions to support Berlusconi as well as his attacker, including some conspiracy theories claiming that the whole attack […]


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A Very Different View of IT and Transparency from a Developing Nation

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 18, 2009  |  2 Comments

Today I met the CIO of a large Indian jurisdiction and I thought we would discuss his challenges. To my surprise, he did not seem to have any issue. He said that the IT role in the organization is to establish  and run infrastructure, advise various departments (which are largely independent on procurement and application […]


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