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Posts from Date:   2012-10

Hurricane Sandy Confirms the Tactical Nature of Social Media

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 31, 2012

Like many natural and man-made disasters before it, Hurricane Sandy has shown once again the power of social media to keep people informed, to coordinate rescue efforts and ultimately save lives. There are countless stories already about how Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms have helped people in need, reassured their relatives that they […]

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Why Bother If Social Media Communities Die?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 24, 2012

Earlier this morning I had a session on “Should Social Media Be Enterprise or Personal Tools” at Gartner Symposium in Orlando, where I made the point that social media endeavors can provide sustainable values only by blending personal, enterprise and community purposes . One interesting comment from the audience was that quite often communities created […]

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Government Shared Services and Cloud: Friend or Foe?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 23, 2012

Yesterday my colleague and friend John Kost and I challenged each other on stage at a public-sector-only session at Gartner Symposium about cloud and consolidation in government, and whether they are conflicting or complementary. He talked about his experience in Michigan in the nineties, as well as other infrastructure, application and process consolidation initiatives around […]

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Why Government Should Care Less About Open Data and More About Data

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 22, 2012

Among the flurry of activities and deja-vu around open data that governments worldwide, in all tiers are pursuing to increase transparency and fuel a data economy, I found something really worth reading in a report that was recently published by the Danish government. “Good Basic Data for Everyone – A Driver for Growth and Efficiency” […]

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How To Forget BYOD and Still Be Loved By Your Clients

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 12, 2012

A few days ago I gave a presentation about the future of government CIOs to the IT and business staff of a local government in the Netherlands. This is a rather affluent city, and one of the happy few that – thanks to its location and tax revenues – does not seem to have any […]

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Italy’s Digital Strategy: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 5, 2012

On October 4th, after great anticipation and endless debates, the Italian Digital Agenda has been approved (see presentation in Italian here). It is part of a Decree about Growth tackling a number of areas that are key to economic development at a critical juncture in the country’s history, with record-high public debt, a deep recession […]

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UK Government’s Bold Move on Digital Identity Is A Wake-Up Call for Many

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 4, 2012

Today I read one of those news I have been waiting for for a long time. According to The Independent: The [UK] Government will announce details this month of a controversial national identity scheme which will allow people to use their mobile phones and social media profiles as official identification documents for accessing public services. […]

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It Is Time for Industry, Government and Consumers To Get Serious About IT Ethics

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 4, 2012

(WARNING: this is an unusually long post for my blog. However I want to set the foundations for a dialogue and new line of research, and I hope my reader will find it worthwhile) Over the last many years, information technology has been celebrated as a driver of business and social innovation, with an impact […]

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