Andrea DiMaio

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US Congressional Report Challenges Open Government: It Was About Time

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 17, 2011  |  18 Comments

Those who have been reading some of my earlier posts about the Open Government initiative in the US Federal Government (see here and here for a start) know that I have been critical about the way open government has been implemented. The Open Government Directive had made it a compliance-oriented rather than a value-oriented exercise […]

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Beth Noveck Leaving the White House is No Big Loss

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 11, 2011  |  20 Comments

I just read that Beth Noveck, Obama administrations’s Deputy CTO in charge for open government, stepped down to return to her teaching position at New York Law School. Beth was  instrumental to the White House activities around the Open Government Directive. If the current state of open government in the federal government is a testament […]

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To Be or Not To Be (Transparent): This Is The Question

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 17, 2010  |  1 Comment

Last week the White House announced the Leading Practices Award for Federal Agencies that did best on their Open Government Plans, according to the leading practices criteria, which were suggested earlier by the White House to improve plans. I won’t comment about whether the updated open government score card is either sufficiently accurate or meaningful, […]

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A Freudian Slip in Assessing Open Government Plans

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 30, 2010  |  4 Comments

Some of those who read my blog may have noticed that, while I have been covering the developments around the Open Government Directive until its last deadline (April 7), I’ve been remarkably silent afterwards. What I have been doing over the last couple of weeks has been to try to assess the many open government […]

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Not All Open Government Plans Are Open To Analysis

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 8, 2010  |  6 Comments

I am planning to do some research about the Open Government Plans published on April 7th, but I am traveling with unreliable Internet connection for the next few days. So I thought I would download all plans that I found thanks to this link via Twitter, and work on the plane or in airport lounges. […]

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Open Government Aftermath Needs both a Carrot and a Stick

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 6, 2010  |  4 Comments

By tomorrow, on April 7th, US federal agencies are expected to publish their first ever open government plans highlighting how they will become more transparent, participative and collaborative. In the next few days there will be considerable discussion about who has the best and most comprehensive plan, who is lagging behind, what are the most […]

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What Open Government Plans Are Missing

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 1, 2010  |  6 Comments

Yesterday, which was my last day before a long-awaited Easter break, I reviewed the draft open government plan from a US federal agency. The plan was quite comprehensive, although a bit verbose  (as if the authors were trying to convince themselves more than the readers), and tackled all the areas required by the Open Government […]

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What Is Open Government For?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 19, 2010  |  2 Comments

The US Congress is moving with a proposal for a Public On-Line Information Act, as reported by NextGov. The proposal aims at making executive branch records available online and searchable. It is quite likely that there will be other congressional initiatives to further the agenda of open government and, more importantly, make it resilient to […]

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For Open Government, Technology Is The Least of Your Problems

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 3, 2010  |  6 Comments

Looking at some tweets and feeds around open government, I have come across two interesting snippets. The first one is about the National Telecommunications and Information Administration looking for a contractor to build content management and social networking Web sites as an almost direct consequence of the Open Government Directive. The other one is a […]

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Open Government Ideas: A Bit Less Transparency May Help

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 24, 2010  |  4 Comments

The other day I posted about the somewhat disappointing uniformity of ideas submitted to various US federal agencies through the IdeaScale tool. Some read my observations as a criticism to the tool itself or to the approach suggested by the Open Government Directive and nurtured by GSA of using an idea collection and rating tool. […]

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