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The Blurring Of Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 16, 2009  |  9 Comments

Last October, I posted about the theme I have been researching over the last two years, i.e. “The Future of Government is No Government” (see also Gartner research note, subscription required)

Now some of the highlights of that research, which I have discussed in multiple posts,  are available in an article just published on Governing: The Blurring of Government.

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Category: web-20-in-government  

Tags: future-of-government  social-networks  

Andrea Di Maio
Managing VP
19 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Andrea Di Maio is a managing vice president for public sector in Gartner Research, covering government and education. His personal research focus is on digital government strategies, open government, the business value of IT, smart cities, and the impact of technology on the future of government Read Full Bio


Thoughts on The Blurring Of Government


  1. […] In a recent article I have covered the “blurring of government”, highlighting how the convergence of social software, consumer devices and products and commoditization of infrastructure and software will lead to significant changes in roles, channels, service delivery models, operational procedures. […]

  2. […] if we accept that the digital future is one where boundaries blur across people, sectors, geographies and roles, then we have to accept that the role of government employees will change in ways we cannot yet […]

  3. […] presenting examples, trends and possible scenarios of government 2.0. I used material from my “Future of Government is No Government” pitch and stressed a lot the angle of employee-centricity (which raised a few eyebrows in one of […]

  4. […] quasi-luddite position, I would like to remember that at Gartner we have been talking about the blurring of government boundaries for quite some time. In May 2008 I addressed our European Spring Symposium government audience with […]

  5. […] have the potential to complement, disrupt and replace government in some of its functions (see previous post), it is somewhat ironic that their long term survival depends on government. […]

  6. […] most cases I have delivered uncomfortable, controversial messages. The blurring boundaries between internal and external collaboration, the urgency of empowering employees besides (or rather than) citizens, the need for simple and […]

  7. […] Some people say that the Gartner definition puts too much emphasis on IT. While I do not think government 2.0 could happen without IT, this is not the point. What I believe is far more important in this definition, is that we have tried to capture the two main phenomena (i.e. socialization and commoditization) that determine the most important characteristic of government 2.0: it does blur all boundaries. […]

  8. […] my work on web 2.0 in government in the early days, nor do people fully appreciate that the longer-term vision I share about government 2.0 is probably more aggressive than O’Reilly’s government as a […]

  9. […] and to institutions. I, for one, have been theorizing that the future of government is one where all boundaries blur and quite a few government functions get complemented, altered or replaced by social […]



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