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Five Dos and Five Dont’s for the New Italian Digital Leader

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 11, 2014  |  3 Comments

On July 10th the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced that new Director general of the Italian Digital Agency would be Alessandra Poggiani. This announcement came after over 150 people applied for the position, made vacant after the previous DG, Agostino Ragosa, resigned. This is the first time a woman has been appointed for the [...]

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It Is Time To Pull The Plug on EU-Funded IT Research

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 11, 2013  |  2 Comments

Almost 28 years ago, when I officially entered the IT workforce, I found myself working on a research and development project about the use of the Ada programming language (does anybody remember it?) in distributed computing settings. The project was funded under the Multi Annual Program that the the European Commission had instituted to provide [...]

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A European Cloudy Partnership

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 28, 2012  |  Comments Off

The European Cloud Strategy published last September is a relatively realistic document, aiming at addressing issues of self-certification, procurement, and contracting. While there was an initial fear that a EU strategy would have led to building local solutions and infrastructure, the outcome is reasonable and most likely quite useful across different industry sectors. One of [...]

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Open Government Policies: Keeping Faith or Pulling the Plug?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 22, 2011  |  3 Comments

As I wrote in a recent post, some if not most of the activities supporting the Open Government Directive are under threat as a consequence of the difficult budgetary situation. More recent news show that the funds available for Data.gov, the IT Dashboard and some of the cloud-related initiatives may be 8 rather than 2 [...]

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UK IT Strategy Sets the Pace for All European Governments, But Can They Deliver?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 31, 2011  |  8 Comments

On March 30th the UK Cabinet Office published its long-awaited IT strategy, which is interesting and aggressive in many respects. It touches upon several areas of concern for IT effectiveness and efficiency. It does start by recognizing that there are waste and failures in government IT and suggesting that this is the priority to be [...]

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It Is Time to Pull the Plug on EU E-Government Benchmarking

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 22, 2011  |  5 Comments

Yesterday Capgemini published the latest version of its benchmarking of e-government services across the EU, continuing a tradition started by the European Commission several years ago. I need to provide full disclosure here, for those who have not read my earlier positions on e-government benchmarking, be it EU, UN, or various consulting firms. I have [...]

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A Year in Review: Top Ten for Government 2.0 in 2010

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 28, 2010  |  8 Comments

As I did last year, I decided to share my personal top ten in the area of government 2.0 and the likes. Once more, I am following the tradition of many top tens, by going in reverse order, from number ten to number one. This ranking is my own, o course, and – as such [...]

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Toothless Statement on Local e-Government Needs More Than Life Support

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 23, 2010  |  2 Comments

A few days ago I criticized the EU Action Plan on eGovernment, by stressing its limitations but also recognizing the difficulties of developing plans in areas where the EU has close to no regulatory power and can mostly leverage its political influence. A comment to my post highlighted that in looking at what happened in [...]

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Is Europe Missing Another Chance on Government 2.0?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 16, 2010  |  5 Comments

On December 15 and 16 the Belgian EU presidency and the European Commission are holding in Brussels a conference with an inspiring title: Lift-Off Toward Open Government. From what I can tell, this is as far as inspiration goes, because what I have seen so far through its program, opening speech and several tweets, does [...]

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Cross-Border Use Won’t Make European eID Cards Any More Successful

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 11, 2010  |  2 Comments

(Expanding on a previous post) Electronic identity schemes and smart cards have been a long-standing issue for most e-government programs in Europe. Spain happens to have one of the most widely deployed identity cards (called DNI) and one of the EU project (STORK) deals with how to use each other’s cards when dealing with administrations [...]

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