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Archives for August, 2012


Technology Is Almost Irrelevant for Smart Cities To Succeed

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 10, 2012  |  7 Comments

Yesterday and earlier today I had two quite interesting and revealing conversation on the overhyped theme of smart cities. The first one was about how to determine a set of criteria, toolkits, frameworks and so forth to advise cities about how to build a roadmap and self-assess with respect to “smartness” objectives. The second was [...]

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The Downside of Taking Ourselves Too Seriously on Social Media

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 9, 2012  |  5 Comments

Yesterday I had an interesting and revealing experience about the dynamics of social media. One of my contacts in Facebook, a consultant in the Italian banking sector and a mercurial blogger, posted about a device that he connects to the TV set and emits a quite bright blue light even in standby mode, which is [...]

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What Really Matters About the Olympics Is Their Aftermath

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 7, 2012  |  Comments Off

Many of us are following with great interest and admiration the London Olympic games, and  almost a year ago I had the privilege of interviewing on stage the CIO of the London Olympics. In a few days, also the whole games will be over, and – besides the reverberations of some of the most extraordinary [...]

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US CTO’s ideas for Innovation Are Cool, but Hardly Sustainable

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 1, 2012  |  Comments Off

I recently read an interesting article on Nextgov about how the new US Government CTO, Todd Park, is trying to inject innovation in a notoriously slow federal environment by bringing on board people from the private sector who can offer a different perspective and trigger what Park calls a “lean startup mode in government”. As [...]

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