Andrea DiMaio

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

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 11, 2014  |  4 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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A Sad Event Shows the Bright Side of the Web

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 15, 2013  |  Comments Off

Two nights ago one of the most esteemed Italian Internet experts and pioneers, Marco Zamperini, passed away. With a long career as a CTO and Chief Innovation Officer in technology companies and academa, he was one of the seminal figures that carried on the Web innovation in his country. I never had the chance of […]

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Are CIOs in Denial?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 9, 2013  |  Comments Off

Yesterday I attended a Gartner event held in Milan, where the Italian analyst team addressed over 300 executive-level clients on how the so-called nexus of forces, i.e. the confluence of social, cloud, mobile and information (big data)  is going to create new business opportunities, disrupt existing business models and challenge the IT department. In one […]

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Smart Cities Need Senior People, Not Just Geeks

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 22, 2013  |  3 Comments

When people talk about smart cities, there seems to be an implicit assumption that those who get the concept and are able to lead the change must be demographically young. The same applies with other recent technology-driven phenomena, such as open government or government 2.0. Datapaloozas. hackatons, hangouts, unconferences: people who are over 40 can […]


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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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Should Companies Escape from Facebook or Escape from (Self-Proclaimed) Social Media Experts?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 19, 2012  |  1 Comment

A few days ago Italian web pundit and entrepreneur Marco Camisani Calzolari published “Escape from Facebook“, which was widely announced on social media and presented, in its Italian version, at the Lower House in Rome. Camisani Calzolari has been recently in the international news for his research on fake followers, which raised substantial interest as […]

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

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 5, 2012  |  10 Comments

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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When Government IT Mandates Can Be Counterproductive

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 27, 2012  |  3 Comments

Last Monday I had an inquiry with a small software vendor about a recently approved amendments to the Italian Digital Government Code according to which governments should favor open source vs. proprietary solutions. Article 68 says (see here, in Italian): Proprietary software acquisition is allowed only when a technical and economic evaluation shows that pre-.existing […]


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Do Internet Gurus Need Only A Virtual Education?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 30, 2012  |  5 Comments

Over the last few weeks, in my financially beleaguered country, Internet and Web 2.0 experts have been debating about a controversial research on the real nature of Twitter followers. As I wrote at the time, this research is hardly substantiated so far, but the debate took a political spin as its author applied it to […]


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Questionable Research Turns Into Drama, But Exposes a Real Issue

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 23, 2012  |  3 Comments

A while ago I wrote about a research by Italian entrepreneur and contract university professor Marco Camisano Calzlari  claiming that a substantial percentage of Twitter followers for some large corporation would be “bots”. There was quite some debate at the time about how founded his results were: looking at the metrics described in his paper, […]


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