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Archives for August, 2011


Even Open Government Enthusiasts Are Coming to Terms with Reality

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 31, 2011  |  1 Comment

Those who have been following this blog for a while certainly know me as being rather skeptical about some of the grand open government ideas that have been floating around – especially in North America and the UK, but spreading fast elsewhere too. To the risk of sounding obnoxious and self-referential, I warned about open [...]

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Why Some People Do Not Like Smart Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 31, 2011  |  6 Comments

Since when we have launched the concept of smart government I have noticed that there are some government clients, some technology providers and even some of my own colleagues who do not seem to grasp the importance and nuances of this concept. This is mostly due to the connotation of the term “smart”, which has [...]

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A Smart City Does Not Stop at Its Boundaries

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 30, 2011  |  1 Comment

This morning I was discussing about an idea for an innovative R&D project that one of our most interesting and unconventional clients – who leads a technology transfer and incubation organization – wanted to check with us. In the course of this stimulating conversation, he highlighted the difference between a “citizen” and a “city user”. [...]

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The path to excellence starts with challenging your beliefs

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 29, 2011  |  3 Comments

During the last day of the Gartner South African Symposium in Cape Town I met an interesting clients who is tasked with supporting his jurisdiction to become the best run in the world. This is an aspirational objective that his jurisdiction set for the end of his decade and that clearly constitutes a challenge for [...]

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Smart Governments Must Blend Long and Short Term Perspectives

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 24, 2011  |  2 Comments

Last week I read a quite interesting book about the impact that the scarcity of oil will have on the global economy (Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, by Jeff Rubin). Of course I knew that our reliance on non-renewable resources was a long term challenge, but I was almost [...]

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Openness Is A Matter of Perspective

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 12, 2011  |  1 Comment

Yesterday the UK Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that action might be taken to limit the use of several social media platforms in order to reduce their use by rioters. While the public safety and law enforcement perspective of this approach is fully understandable, it strikes me (and others) that the same platforms that have [...]

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Open Government May Be Flying Too High to Meet Today’s Needs

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

On August 8 the US Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra published a blog post about the future direction of the federal open government initiative. The post praises the current initiative (and data.gov in particular), makes reference to the international efforts started with the Open Government Partnership, and asks three questions to gather input from external stakeholders: [...]

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Time to Pull the Plug on Government Web Sites?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 11, 2011  |  28 Comments

Those who have been following my research since my early days at Gartner may remember my note about the irrelevance of government portals (published in January 2001, login required), as well as my rants on the same topic on this blog. I just read that the city of Takeo in Japan has decided to shut [...]

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Recent Events Are Pushing Governments to Be Both Smarter and Cheaper

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 10, 2011  |  2 Comments

What has been happening in the world during the last few days gives a glimpse of the level of uncertainty government and business are and will be operating within for the foreseeable future. A country like the U.S., where many economists and political leader thought they were out of a recession and growing at a [...]

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How To Get Open Government Out Of Life Support

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 5, 2011  |  4 Comments

Beneath the continuing enthusiasm around open government, including the announcement of yet another country (Singapore) and city (Edmonton) building their open data store, and the renewed commitment to open government in the new US CIO’s first interviews, I found two data points that still call for caution. The first one is the public consultation that [...]

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