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Archives for January, 2011

Could Facebook or Twitter Have No Business Value for Government?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 14, 2011  |  13 Comments

Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with a couple of clients from a US federal agency. The topic was how to make the best possible use of Facebook and Twitter to better serve and interact with specific constituencies (mostly businesses). As they went through their current experience (like many agencies, they have multiple Facebook pages), […]


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What’s Wrong with Open Government?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 13, 2011  |  11 Comments

The other day I posted about Beth Noveck’s departure as deputy CTO and responsible for Open Government activities in the US federal government and got considerable pushback from readers who both disliked the title of my post and disagreed about my position that open government is not doing great. Let me clarify why I think […]


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Is the OMB Afraid of Google?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 11, 2011  |  2 Comments

On January 7 the Office of Management and Budget issues a memo reminding US federal agencies of the importance of technology neutrality in procurement. The one-page memo reminds that […] policies are built around the use of merit-based requirements development and evaluation processes that promote procurement choices based on performance and value, and free of […]


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Beth Noveck Leaving the White House is No Big Loss

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 11, 2011  |  20 Comments

I just read that Beth Noveck, Obama administrations’s Deputy CTO in charge for open government, stepped down to return to her teaching position at New York Law School. Beth was  instrumental to the White House activities around the Open Government Directive. If the current state of open government in the federal government is a testament […]


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The Irony of Cutting Government IT Costs

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 6, 2011  |  1 Comment

There is nothing better, and indeed more sad, than starting my New Year’s blogging with yet another not too exciting example from my own country, but so be it. Less than one month after our Minister of Justice and his colleague responsible for Public Service and Innovation proudly announced the “Vivifacile Giustizia” project (it sounds […]

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