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Archives for July, 2010

Australian Government CIO Reinforces Employee-Centricity of Government 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 31, 2010  |  7 Comments

After the excellent declaration of open government released just a few weeks ago, another Australian senior official shows that the country really hits the nail on the head when it comes to government 2.0. At a FutureGov forum held earlier this week, Ann Steward, Federal Government CIO, addressed the issue of what employee should be […]


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When Government Clouds Become Stormy

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 27, 2010  |  1 Comment

Those who have been watching with interest the largest and highest-profile deployment of cloud-based email in a government organization will have welcomed recent news about difficulties that Google is encountering in the city of Los Angeles with mixed feelings. As reported here and here, the migration from Novell to Google Gmail was planned to be […]

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Going on Holidays on an Upbeat: A Few Gems from the Developers’ Mob

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 25, 2010  |  1 Comment

As I am at less than 24 hours from my holidays, I thought I’d share some of the gems from comments, posts and tweets presumably crated by developers who felt outraged by my post “Keep Developers Out of Politics, Please”. The experience thought me a few things that I will treasure as I come back […]

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Are Developers an Endangered Species?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 22, 2010  |  6 Comments

Yesterday was one of my most interesting days as a blogger. My blog statistics for the day skyrocketed as I got most readers and comments than ever. Unfortunately most of the comments were quite negative and I got my fair share of three and four letter words, references to my physical appearance, accusations of being […]


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Am I Bigot or Did I Step Over Equal Opportunities? Counterpoints about Politics

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 21, 2010  |  18 Comments

When I made my comments to Clay Johnson’s post suggesting that more developers join Congress, I knew I could be stepping on delicate ground, but was not anticipating some of the remarks. I felt as if I said something inappropriate against a minority, like a statement against eastern European immigrants or whether we should or […]


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Keep Developers Out of Politics, Please

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 21, 2010  |  50 Comments

[NEW: Many readers have criticized this post, interpreting it as offensive or dismissive for the developer category. I wanted to assure readers that the tone of this post was not meant to be offensive but rather humorous. The tone was deliberately chosen to challenge the certainties expressed in Clay Johnson’s post, which sounded equally  dismissive […]


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US Open Government Does Not Work for Visitors

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 20, 2010  |  3 Comments

As part of my job I have entered the US countless times, always using the visa waiver program and with my proper Electronic System for Travel Authorization.(ESTA). Every time I have been welcomed warmly and professionally by Custom and Border Protection officers: there is always a smile, a sense of respect and willingness to help, […]


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A Tale of Two CIOs

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 19, 2010  |  5 Comments

Last week I had a chance to meet to government CIOs in the same jurisdiction. One of them works for a social security organization, while the other one heads the IT organization for an infrastructure authority. In both cases the conversation was about how web 2.0 technologies would impact both IT and the business. The […]


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What Do Cops, Teachers, Tax Evaders and My Neighbors Have in Common?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 16, 2010  |  4 Comments

This post starts from reading an interesting point-counterpoint on USA today about a guy who was wearing a helmet camera when stopped for speeding on his motorbike by a law enforcement officer in plainclothes but holding a gun. The guy had the not-too-brilliant idea of posting the video on YouTube and this caused him considerable […]


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Australia Sets a New Benchmark for Open Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 16, 2010  |  8 Comments

Further to the work done in the later part of 2009 by its government 2.0 taskforce and the acceptance of its recommendations, the Australian government has finally issued its own declaration of open government, as the taskforce had actually recommended. For Australia open government is based on a culture of engagement, built on better access […]


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