Andrea DiMaio

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Archives for January, 2011


When Social Media Can Hurt Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 31, 2011  |  9 Comments

Over the weekend I followed and took part in an interesting conversation on Facebook started by a vendor in the education content business, who was complaining about a lack of transparency in a proposal selection process performed by the Department of Education. In July 2010 the Department had invited a number of vendors at a [...]

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Australian Government Highlights Its Balanced Open Source Policy

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 27, 2011  |  1 Comment

After their criticized statement about the adoption of OOXML as the preferred document format in the Common Operating Environment policy (see previous post), the Australian federal government decided to highlight their revised open source policy, issued in December 2010, where they take a neutral position vis-a-vis open source, by using verbiage such as: Australian Government [...]

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Obama’s State of the Union Sets the Bar Higher for Information Technology

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 27, 2011  |  2 Comments

The US President made his second State of the Union address on January 25th (see full transcript from New York Times), touching both on what his administration has accomplished and, more importantly, on the challenges ahead and how they require bi-partisan approaches to be solved. Certainly an inspired and inspirational speech for an overseas observer [...]

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Government Organizations Should Listen to Vatican’s Message on Social Networks

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 25, 2011  |  3 Comments

Yesterday Pope Benedict XVI, in a message for the World Communications Day, addressed the importance of online social networks. According to the press release from Vatican Radio: Young people, in particular, [the Pope] says, are increasingly involved in social networks, posing important questions about the authenticity of one’s own being. In the search for sharing [...]

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Open Data For Sale: Not A Bad Idea

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 21, 2011  |  7 Comments

On January 12 the UK government announced plans for the creation of a Public Data Corporation. which would “bring together Government bodies and data into one organisation and provide an unprecedented level of easily accessible public information and drive further efficiency in the delivery of public services”. In describing the case for its creation, the [...]

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The Unbearable Narrowness of the Open Source Crowd

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 21, 2011  |  7 Comments

A few days ago I posted about the Common Operating Environment policy published by the Australian Federal Government to reduce complexity and diversity of their desktop infrastructure, and the limited success they had in gathering online comments about the draft strategy back in July 2010. It appears that reactions to the now final policy have [...]

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To Tweet or Not To Tweet? This is the Problem

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 20, 2011  |  4 Comments

An interesting news that I saw today concerns the deputy speaker of the Lower House in the UK, Lindsay Hoyle, who ruled that MPs are not allowed to tweet during sessions, after a complaint by the opposition Labour MP Kevin Brennan that Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert was tweeting. Intuitively this makes sense, and so the [...]

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Transparency is Never Enough: The Strange Case of Australia and OOXML

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 19, 2011  |  12 Comments

A few days ago the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) published its Whole-of-Government Common Operating Environment Policy. This policy mostly aims at greater standardization across the desktop environments to help contain costs. This is certainly a worthwhile objective and, in all fairness, the policy provides a good balance between the need for standardization and [...]

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Training for Uncertainty: What You Learn Matters Less Than How You Learn.

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 17, 2011  |  1 Comment

I took a day off today to attend a round table held in the bilingual region of South Tyrol. The event was aimed at discussing the career prospects for engineers with undergraduates who are about to choose which university to apply for. I was there with three distinguished engineers who made good careers as entrepreneurs [...]

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US Defense Leads the Way: Social Media is the New Normal

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 14, 2011  |  15 Comments

By dismantling their social media office (see article on Wired), which had been in place for two years, and making social media the responsibility of every member of his staff, the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs Douglas Wilson shows how the future of social media will look like. No more specialized offices, no [...]

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