Andrea DiMaio

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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  |  2 Comments

(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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A Year in Review: Top Ten for Government 2.0 in 2011

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 27, 2011  |  4 Comments

For the third year in a row, here is my (absolutely personal) top ten in the area of government 2.0 and government innovation in general.  This ranking is my own, and – as such – totally arbitrary. I am sure I am missing great things that happened in many corners of the world, and I […]


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Should Governments Subsidize Broadband? An Economist’s and an Engineer’s View

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 4, 2010  |  2 Comments

On the back of the discussion about a proposal for the constitutional right to Internet access (see previous post), I was involved in an interesting back and forth on Facebook with an Italian economist who is supportive of that proposal. After giving me a much needed law lesson to explain the difference between civil and […]


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Tech CEOs and the Trillion Dollar Savings: They Do Not Tell the Whole Story

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 7, 2010  |  1 Comment

In a widely publicized report (see also press release), the Technology CEO Council (the US IT industry’s public policy advocacy organization) proposed seven initiatives that would help the US federal government to save over 1 trillion dollars between today and 2020. The Council is formed by the top executives of IBM, Dell, Intel, EMC, Motorola, […]

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When Being Smart Is Not Enough: The Mythical Value of IT in Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 6, 2010  |  5 Comments

I just read the news about the reallocation of over 440 million Australian dollars of innovation funds to pay down the deficit. This money had been set aside as a result of the efficiency review conducted by Sir Peter Gershon. While it is not unusual that governments scratch the bottom of the barrel during tough […]


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US Federal Government: Axing IT to Save IT?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 28, 2010  |  5 Comments

In an executive memo issued today by OMB Director Peter Orszag (see his blog post), the US Federal Government announced three important measures: (1) Peter Orszag is directing all executive departments and agencies are to stop issuing new task orders or procurements for all financial system modernization projects – an area of persistent problems – […]


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The 10 percent Doctrine

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 30, 2009  |  Comments Off

Over the last three months I have had, like most Gartner analysts,  several client conversations about cost cutting, or – as many, including us, more diplomatically call it – “cost optimization”. This is not new to government: several jurisdictions have been on a multi-annual journey toward greater efficiency, with progressive reduction of operational spending, usually to […]

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A Creative Way of “Reducing” IT Costs in Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 23, 2009  |  4 Comments

During my recent three week long visit to Australia, I was not surprised to see that practically every single client meeting was either dominated or making reference to the so-called Gershon Review. This is an independent review of the Australian government’s use of ICT performed in 2008 by Peter Gershon, former UK Treasury’s Chief Executive and […]


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