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Posts from Date:   2008-12

For those who don’t believe in social networks

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 29, 2008

Many talk about the wisdom of crowds. Check this story: and think about how the compassion of crowds can re-invent human services. Ley me wish you a wonderful 2009

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Submit Your Favorite Innovation Example for Gartner Symposium

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 22, 2008

I am preparing a presentation for the Gartner Spring Symposium in Las Vegas about Real Examples of Innovation in Government and I would like to gather input from readers of this blog. To do so, I have arranged a very simple online survey for those who are willing to submit a case: those selected will […]

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The Boundaries of E-Participation and The Limits of E-Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 16, 2008

One theme that seems to be very fashionable around the evolution of e-government is e-participation. Its definition in Wikipedia is “ICT-supported participation in processes involved in government and governance”. Processes may concern administration, service delivery, decision making and policy making.“ While this definition mentions both service delivery and decision/policy making, many people use the term […]

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Buying Green IT in Developing Countries

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 12, 2008

Last Wednesday I did have an intriguing conversation with officials in a large non-government organization that operates across the world. This organization is in the process of defining its own green IT policy, and – amongst other things – is looking at how to make its IT procurement greener. In the draft version of the […]

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Governments Already Do Mashups, But Do They Know?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 12, 2008

Last Tuesday I did visit two US state capitals and discussed about their e-government developments. While looking at their portal home pages, I noticed that – in the list of most important services  – they had the list of sex offenders. This is something many of us in Europe are not used to, although one […]

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When Vendors Should Walk the Talk on Environmental Sustainability

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 4, 2008

I just spent two days in London at an IT vendor analyst conference. When I landed at Heathrow last Tuesday, there was a taxi arranged to pick me up and take me into downtown London where the conference was taking place. I usually take the express train to Paddington, but I was happy they had […]

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Another Government Social Network May Hit The Dust

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 3, 2008

About two months ago Transport For London  (TfL) – the government owned company running the public transportation system in London – launched a social networking site called Together For London. The purpose was to gather ideas from customers about how to make London a better place. Registered users can create an avatar (called “Little Londoner”), […]

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The Downside of E-Democracy

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 2, 2008

Over the last couple of days there has been a rather hatred discussion in Italy after the government decided to increase the value-added tax on pay-TV services from 10 to 20 percent. The largest pay-TV operator (Sky) launched an instant TV and press campaign, highlighting how this would impact their clients and the potential conflict […]

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