Open Source e-Government? No, thank you! by Renato Brunetta

Renato Brunetta, Italian Minister of Public Administration and Innovation, two days ago disclosed his plan for Innovation. Open Source is not mentioned, as well as there is no mention of cloud computing.

The Italian e-gov plan is contained in two power-point presentations, and seems not taking in any consideration the most up-to-date trends in the ICT sector.

Paolo Zocchirecently appointed coordinator of the Italian Democratic Party Innovation Laboratory instituted by the Shadow Minister for Public Administration and Innovation, commented:

Brunetta’s e-government plan does not contain any element of innovation and no relationship with the most up-to-date trends in the ICT sector all around the world. We are facing in the next years a big shift from network computing to cloud computing: this process will be the key to give a new impulse to the global economy and will redefine dramatically the ICT market. It is very important that the governments will be very open to this evolution; in the case of the italian government, it seems very far away from adopting this view and from perceiving the needs of a dynamic informational society.

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6 thoughts on “Open Source e-Government? No, thank you! by Renato Brunetta

  1. Hi Josef,

    cloud computing is increasingly going to be more and more important, even if government remains skeptical about the cloud. Despite Italian thought leaders at CNIPA – the National Centre for ICT in the Public. Administrations – take part in international conversations on e-government in cloud, regional and national IT laws are ignoring the cloud.

    Tim O’Reilly says:

    that a new kind of proprietary lock-in in the cloud.But just “paying attention” to cloud computing isn’t the point. The point is to rediscover what makes open source tick, but in the new context.

    That’s why we open source and open standards advocates should be part of this process, since open source will fuel the growth of cloud computing anyway.

  2. Beats me, there is no vision. One can have a bad vision, but having none is dreadful.

    “One computer in any classroom”: this morning’s buzz. For doing what? To teach how to start Word? Is that what we want our children become? Tamed monkeys?

  3. The government is just planning to reduce costs, they don’t plan to increase vision AND efficiency. That’s probably why they don’t talk about open (source, standards) and show cases mentioned are only promoted by vendors.

  4. “and seems not taking in any consideration the most up-to-date trends in the ICT sector”

    From what I’ve seen of Italian graduates over the last five years or so, not many of them are particularly up-to-date in terms of IT. Most need lessons on how to use Excel, and very few seem to know that Word can check the spelling of English words automatically. In this day and age, I find this amazing, and worrying. I hate to think how much companies in Italy have to spend on training employees in basic computer skills.

    Surely the Italian education system could devote a few hours to teaching high school students how to use Word and Excel – they would not have to invest in software either OpenOffice is free, and if you can use the open source equivalents of Word (Writer) and Excel (Calc), then using Word and Excel would be easy.

    Open source software is not popular institutionally in Italy because no money can be made from supplying it! The infamous ‘interests’ at play, one fears.

    Best,

    Alex in Milan, Italy – and an open source fan too

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