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When It Comes to Government and Technology, China Is Much Closer Than We Think

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 28, 2013  |  1 Comment

I spent my first week ever in Beijing, where my local colleague gave me ample opportunities to meet clients and prospects – both government organizations and IT vendors – as well as to discover some of the beauties of this formidable country, like the well-known Forbidden City or the less-known but equally impressive contemporary architectural […]

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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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Smart Cities Are Not Intelligent: They Are Astute

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 14, 2012  |  4 Comments

Yesterday Gartner held a local briefing in Milan on the topic of Smart Cities. This was attended by local government, vendors and research organizations. Bettina Tratz-Ryan, who is our lead for Sustainability research, and myself were joined by Renato Galliano, Director for Economic Innovation and University of the City of Milan, and Michele Vianello, General […]


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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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Making Smart Cities Really Smart Takes a Change of Emphasis

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 24, 2012  |  4 Comments

Last Thursday I attended a panel about Smart Cities in the context of the ICT competitiveness week, organized by DG CONNECT of the European Commission. The purpose was to discuss how both the European vendor community and European cities can best position themselves in this growth market as competitive in terms of securing a growing […]


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Technology Is Almost Irrelevant for Smart Cities To Succeed

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 10, 2012  |  7 Comments

Yesterday and earlier today I had two quite interesting and revealing conversation on the overhyped theme of smart cities. The first one was about how to determine a set of criteria, toolkits, frameworks and so forth to advise cities about how to build a roadmap and self-assess with respect to “smartness” objectives. The second was […]


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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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Italy and its Digital Agenda: New Government, Old Risks

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 9, 2012  |  3 Comments

The Italian government, after dealing with the financial emergency and market pressures by introducing new austerity measures, has shifted gear, looking into initiatives that can help reignite a much needed economic growth. In this context, it announced a new digital agenda (see here and here, both in Italian) and a new governance structure involving the […]


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CIO of the London Olympics on Cloud and Smart Cities

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 9, 2011  |  Comments Off

Yesterday my colleague Dave Aron and I had the pleasure to interview Gerry Pennell, the CIO for the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, at the Gartner European Symposium in Barcelona . He spoke about his challenges, how they are closer than one might think to those that CIOs face in any complex organization, […]

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A Smart City Does Not Stop at Its Boundaries

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 30, 2011  |  1 Comment

This morning I was discussing about an idea for an innovative R&D project that one of our most interesting and unconventional clients – who leads a technology transfer and incubation organization – wanted to check with us. In the course of this stimulating conversation, he highlighted the difference between a “citizen” and a “city user”. […]

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