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Archives for July, 2011


Smart Government Is Not About Supremacy: It Is About Survival

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 26, 2011  |  4 Comments

There seems to be a common misconception around the use of the term “smart” when used in direct or indirect connection to “government”. Smart cities, smart public transportation, smart planets, smart communities: all these and similar terms are being used mostly by vendors, but also by government business and IT executives who aim at setting [...]

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The Case Against Online Participation and Government As A Platform

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 14, 2011  |  9 Comments

I have been visiting several different countries over the last three months, and almost anywhere I have had some interesting discussions about the genuine efforts that governments are making to increase transparency and citizen participation. Motivations are different and they range from compliance with open government policies to unexpected election outcomes or furthering one-off experiences [...]

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The Path to the Cloud May Be Much Slower Than Many Think

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 11, 2011  |  4 Comments

Last week I was in a meeting with officials working for a research organization controlled by the Taiwanese government, and we had an open and frank conversation about the future of cloud in government. We went through the usual discussion about the importance of and case for building one or several private clouds, and I [...]

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Cities Deploying Free Wi-Fi infrastructure Need To Set Their Bar Higher

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 7, 2011  |  Comments Off

When I was in Taipei last week I saw a few camera crews in public places, including the city hall. When I asked what it was, I was told that it was the launch date for free municipal wi-fi in public spaces (indoor). In a few months’ time – October, I believe – this will [...]

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The Death of IT Strategic Planning?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 6, 2011  |  9 Comments

I have not been blogging for some time while traveling in several countries and meeting a lot of clients. In several recent conversations with government clients and colleagues, I have come to realize that our clients are facing certain recurring issues that even some of our best advice, often based on best practices applied elsewhere, [...]

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