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Posts from Date:   2009-10

Why North Americans Will Get Government 2.0 and Europeans Won’t

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 30, 2009

I spent two very intense weeks in the US and Canada, meeting hundreds of clients at all government levels on the topic of social media. I started in Orlando with chatting in the backstage and then on stage with Vivek Kundra, the US CIO, then I had countless one-on-ones and round tables with clients from […]

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The best value proposition for behind-the-firewall social networking is … fear

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 30, 2009

This afternoon I had a very interesting meeting with a government organization that is developing its own social software platform, mostly based on open source software, to be used by several government agencies. The platform supports wikis, forums, social networking and other typical web 2.0 functionalities, and is being used by about 4 percent of […]

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What Is The Total Cost of Ownership of Open Government?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 28, 2009

While Tina Nunno and I were preparing the interview to Vivek Kundra for Gartner Symposium in Orlando, we discussed about a question we did not have time to ask him; what is the cost of transparency? Nobody would argue that making public data easier to find and consume is not a good thing. However making […]

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Cool New Recovery App… What For?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 27, 2009

I just saw the announcement of a new application that is available for either iPhone 3GS or for Android and allows people to visualize stimulus package contributions through an augmented reality application. As far as I can tell, it is pretty much like Google Maps and StreetView to visualize where government money is being used. […]

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Why Bars and Soccer Games Are Key To Government 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 26, 2009

Last Friday I spent an hour with several people from a county government in the U.S.. we had a very interesting conversation about the role of social media in engaging citizens. The population in that county is relatively affluent, young and indeed quite difficult to interest in government. Further, there does not seem to be […]

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Consumer Social Media in Government: Resistance Is Futile

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 23, 2009

This week at Gartner Symposium in Orlando with countless conversations with government clients has confirmed my belief that agencies in all tiers of government and jurisdictions need to face the challenges and opportunities presented by social media, and they must do so earlier rather than later. I met three categories of clients: Have-nots.. They usually […]

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A Day in the Clouds

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 21, 2009

I spent a good part of yesterday at Gartner Symposium in Orlando talking to government clients, moderating a vendor panel and finally running an analyst-user roundtable, all on the topic of cloud computing. Two main take-aways for me: Government clients are confused as to (1) whether vendor offerings really meet their security requirements, (2) which […]

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Government as Cloud Service Provider: The Battle Has Started

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 19, 2009

Yesterday, I addressed our audience at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando on cloud computing in government about the possible competition between vendor cloud providers (like Google, Amazon, Terremark, and so forth) and government infrastructure owners (such as NASA Ames, DISA, NBC). I have blogged about this before and I also asked a related question to […]

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Why So Many Are Getting Government 2.0 Wrong

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 16, 2009

Over the last several months I have stressed both the promise and the danger of the many activities around the use of web 2.0 technologies in and by governments, currently nicknames as “government 2.0” (incidentally, I am working on a research note with a formal Garner definition of this term). Most of my criticisms to […]

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An Endless Stream of Government Data Contests

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 14, 2009

Reading a blog post on Programmableweb I’ve been reminded (as if there was a need) that there are six different mashup contests currently going on, including two in Australia, one in San Francisco and one in New York. As I said a while ago, this is a sign that government 2.0 is reaching what we […]

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