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One, hundreds, thousands digital champions won’t solve the problem

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 30, 2014  |  3 Comments

Italy has recently joined other European countries that have named a so-called “digital champion“. The individual chosen for this task is Riccardo Luna, a former sport journalist who has a sharp interest in anything digital and previously headed the Italian version of the Wired magazine. Unlike others in his role, he has immediately called for one digital champion […]


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Italian Elections Prove that Bricks and Mortars Are Alive and Kicking

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 1, 2013  |  Comments Off

Many commentators have been discussing about the outcome of the last Italian elections, held a few das ago, which resulted in a tie between the two major coalitions (center-left Democratic Party with its allies and center-right People of Freedom) and a surprising success of the new grassroots Five-Star Movement, led by former comedian Beppe Grillo. […]

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Could Governments Run Out of Patience with Open Data?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 15, 2013  |  9 Comments

Yesterday I had yet another client conversation – this time with a mid-size municipality in the north of Europe – on the topic  of the economic value generated through open data. The problem we discussed is the same I highlighted in a post last year: nobody argues the potential long term value of open data […]


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Obama’s Victory Speech: Why Change and Forward is Not Enough for Government IT

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 8, 2012  |  Comments Off

Like many people around the world, I listened to the US President’s speech after his victory at the last election. I found one sentence particularly inspiring: “America is not about what can be done for us. It is about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of […]

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Hurricane Sandy Confirms the Tactical Nature of Social Media

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 31, 2012  |  6 Comments

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  |  2 Comments

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

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 22, 2012  |  5 Comments

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

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 4, 2012  |  6 Comments

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  |  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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Governments Could Go Out of Business: What Should Technology Do?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 25, 2012  |  1 Comment

People have been following with a moderate sense of worry the financial crisis unfolding in Greece and other European countries, Despite how dramatic the situation has become in Greece, many have remained in denial about the possibility of a serious contagion to other vulnerable countries. However things have suddenly changed, as Valencia, Murcia, Catalonia and […]

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