Andrea DiMaio

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Life after E-Government: from Cloud to Crowd

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 8, 2010  |  4 Comments

Last week I attended the Government Leaders Forum organized by Microsoft in Brussels. Unsurprisingly, the event – although targeted to senior government executives and policy makers – mentioned the term “cloud” multiple times. While some of the angles were quite intriguing, e.g. a discussion about how to develop a single European market of cloud services, […]


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Crowdsourcing Is Far From Easy for Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 5, 2010  |  14 Comments

An article on The Guardian yesterday highlighted the failure of one of the crowdsourcing experiments launched by the new coalition government in the UK. According to the article The government’s first attempt at crowdsourcing its coalition programme has ended without a single government department expressing a willingness to alter any policy. Crowdsourcing involves soliciting knowledge […]


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Should Governments Develop iPhone Apps?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 14, 2010  |  12 Comments

I was following an interesting debate on Twitter about a recent BBC article pointing out that the UK government would have spent too much money developing iPhone applications, when it occurred to me that a client I talked to recently mentioned the development of an iPhone app. This was outside the UK and concerned the […]


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The Bright Dark Side of Government 2.0: Are We Ready?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 19, 2010  |  3 Comments

As most conversations about government 2.0 and open government revolve around how governments can be more transparent, offer new avenues for citizens to participate, push a goldmine of machine readable data for individuals and businesses to extract value from, there is another, subtler angle that is worth considering. This is part of what I often […]


Category: open government data     Tags: , Asks for Improvements: Why Not An Application Contest?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 7, 2010  |  3 Comments

In a post published on the White House blog my friend and former colleague Dave McClure invited people to join the Dialogue opened to ask people suggestions about how to improve the US citizen portal This online dialogue will be open only until January 15th and, like previous similar initiatives (e.g. or, […]


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France tries new avenues to build Government 2020 vision, but stops half-way through

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 4, 2009  |  4 Comments

I never had an opportunity before to mention France in this blog, but I just read about an intriguing initiative that puts France back on the map of government innovation after many years focused on modernization and more traditional EU-like e-government initiatives. They’ve decided to crowdsource the vision of government in 2020 to small teams […]


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Taking My Own Medicine: Client-Sourcing Gartner Research

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 30, 2009  |  5 Comments

[updated on December 2, based on comments received internally and externally] I have been blogging for about a year now and I should thank all those who have been reading and commenting on my posts, providing me their valuable viewpoints and encouraging me to put the extra effort needed to blog at a regular pace […]


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Toward Social Security 2.0 – How About Crowdsourcing Pensions?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 24, 2009  |  4 Comments

Earlier today I was having a conversation with European clients in the social security domain and we were discussing about the impact of government 2.0 in that domain. The usual examples came up, ranging from the role of communities in child welfare, to how to leverage LinkedIn to re-employ unemployed people. But none of those […]


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From Athens on the Net to Spartans at the Gates: The Missing Link of Government 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 15, 2009  |  6 Comments

I just read Anand Giridharadas’s article on the New Yoirk Times Week in Review about “Athens on the Net” , discussing about the pros and cons of crowdsourcing policy-making. Comments to the article are also quite interesting, as is the Information Week’s blog post by Michael Hickins that got me there in the first place. […]


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Web 2.0 Or Not, Government Issues Remain The Same

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 4, 2009  |  1 Comment

I just read an article on NextGov about some members of the open government community (I’m not exactly sure how that’s defined) expressing dissatisfaction on the fact that the White House would be too techno-centric in dealing with transparency issues. The article also mentions the relatively slow progress in drafting the open government directive (see […]

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