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Time to Pull the Plug on Government Web Sites?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 11, 2011  |  28 Comments

Those who have been following my research since my early days at Gartner may remember my note about the irrelevance of government portals (published in January 2001, login required), as well as my rants on the same topic on this blog. I just read that the city of Takeo in Japan has decided to shut […]


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Neither Revolutionary Nor Evolutionary: the Contradictions of Directgov Review

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 9, 2010  |  1 Comment

I have been sitting on this blog post for a while, as I was traveling for Gartner Symposia and dealing with a number of quite interesting news around both Government 2.0 and cloud. I understand that this may sound like a very late comment to the review provided by the UK Digital Champion for the […]

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Two More Nails in the Government Portal’s Coffin

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 19, 2010  |  5 Comments

Being an analyst is often about seeing something that most clients (and vendors) do not see or would not admit, or do so earlier than they do, in order to advise them about how to prepare and deal with the consequences. Sometimes those predictions are controversial, sometimes they are not precise enough, sometimes the timing […]


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Do You Still Think That Government Portals Are Relevant?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 9, 2009  |  9 Comments

I have been preaching for a while that investments in government portals need to be critically reassessed, as citizens look for different and more convenient ways to access. My position on this, dating back to 2001, well before anybody would even spell “Web 2.0” was based on the simple observation that governments cannot easily provide […]


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Another Controversial Portal Gets Funded, Again

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 24, 2009  |  Comments Off

My colleague Massimiliano Claps and I just published a First Take (that’s the way we call news analysis for our clients) on The event that inspired this was the re-launch of the Italian tourism portal, which has raised considerable discussion in the Italian blogosphere. This is an interesting example of a government that […]

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A Local Government Tale: A Portal Away From Web 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 15, 2009  |  5 Comments

Earlier today I had a very interesting conversation with an executive from a local government about their digital society initiatives. These include the development of broadband infrastructure to provide Internet access to residents, and the development of a number of web applications to visualize information about traffic or real estate use as well as to […]


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Web 2.0: Reversing The Perspective

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 3, 2009  |  1 Comment

Today I run a round table in Australia with people coming from state and local government agencies. Part of the discussion was about how to use mashups on the portal owned by a Department of Tourism. One view was that the portal could act as a broker of information coming from different operators (travel agents, […]

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Painting By The Numbers (2.0)

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 29, 2009  |  1 Comment

I have seen multiple press articles (for instance look at this one) over the last few days about how rapidly is changing to incorporate some web 2.0 characteristics. There are different kinds of feeds that one can register to (health and consumer news, updates on the federal blog). There are social bookmarks. There is […]

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