Andrea DiMaio

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Archives for March, 2010

Open Government May Not Be Sustainable

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 30, 2010  |  8 Comments

One of the points I have been making to US federal clients when discussing their initiatives to comply with the Open Government Directive is that one thing is to meet the deadline of April 7th (by when all federal agencies are supposed to produce the first version of their open government plans), and another thing […]


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Would Anyone Ever Say that Open Government Isn’t Great?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 29, 2010  |  6 Comments

Earlier today I was discussing about an e-government session that I should moderate at an international conference. The organizers were suggesting to arrange a panel about open government and use a confrontational style, with some panelists supporting open government and some challenging its value. Quite soon somebody on the call said “Would we ever find […]


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When It Comes to Social Media, Italians Don’t Do It Better

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 29, 2010  |  1 Comment

I do spend a fair amount on social media like Twitter and Facebook, and – although most of my professional acquaintances are non-Italian – I have come to know a few Italian “bloggers” who have been early users of social media and advise enterprises about the dos and don’ts of online engagement. Recently I came […]

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Open Government Needs a Food Processor, Not a Grinder

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 26, 2010  |  3 Comments

Earlier this week I attended a videoconference with the CIO and a few professors from a leading European university, to discuss social media strategies for higher education. I am not an expert in higher ed, but they wanted to have a sense of what is happening in the broader public sector when it comes to […]


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Government 2.0 and the Social Media Bubble

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 25, 2010  |  14 Comments

Yesterday I happened to read an intriguing and contrarian post by Umair Haque on the Harvard Business Review blog. Although certainly controversial, as many of the comments he received pointed out, it is somewhat refreshing, as it challenges the common wisdom that social media are creating value. He suggests that relationships created through social media […]


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Gordon Brown and Tim Berners Lee: Back to the Future?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 23, 2010  |  12 Comments

On March 22nd the British prime minister, Gordon Brown, delivered a speech that confirmed the ambition of the Digital Britain report and provided a few bold highlights about what government will be doing with technology. A few examples: First to digitalise – to make Britain the leading superfast broadband digital power creating 100 per cent […]


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What Is Open Government For?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 19, 2010  |  2 Comments

The US Congress is moving with a proposal for a Public On-Line Information Act, as reported by NextGov. The proposal aims at making executive branch records available online and searchable. It is quite likely that there will be other congressional initiatives to further the agenda of open government and, more importantly, make it resilient to […]


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The Bright Dark Side of Government 2.0: Are We Ready?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 19, 2010  |  3 Comments

As most conversations about government 2.0 and open government revolve around how governments can be more transparent, offer new avenues for citizens to participate, push a goldmine of machine readable data for individuals and businesses to extract value from, there is another, subtler angle that is worth considering. This is part of what I often […]


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The Stubbornness of Openness and the Reality of Accountability

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 18, 2010  |  3 Comments

As a Gartner analyst I started covering open source software in government quite a few years ago. Those were the times when the city of Munich had taken its historical decision to switch to an open source desktop and when some Spanish, French, Scandinavian, South American government organizations and entire jurisdictions declared “war on commercial […]


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What If Government Can’t Accept Help From Citizens?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 17, 2010  |  3 Comments

While I was listening to the webcast of a session held at MIT about the Future of Civic Engagement in a Broadband Enabled World, I heard a very interesting question that came form the audience (at 40 mins 50 secs in the video). The gentleman, who represented a network of people working across sectors, made […]


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