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Two months ago I wrote a report called "Six Ways to Drive Innovation in Your City" that described - you guessed it - six key ways that cities could foster innovation. On October 21, Code For America's co-director Abhi Nemani wrote a piece for GovTech magazine titled "7 Tactics for 21st-Century Cities: Seven ways for modern cities to innovate." I couldn't resist comparing the two lists together, and guess what I discovered?

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Educated Guess

By Massimiliano Claps

Last week I used the blog to anticipate some of IDC GOVERNMENT INSIGHTS thinking around top ten predictions for government IT in Europe. This week I am doing the same for the education sector. There are three themes that we expect will shape education IT investments in 2014: growing collaboration across institutions, personalizing the learning experience, optimizing IT to enable responsive business processes.

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Crystal Ball Time!

By Massimiliano Claps

It's time for IDC Government Insights to prepare 2014 predictions. This post discusses the three themes that we expect will generate most of the changes in the European government ICT landscape: citizen experience, government performance and IoT.

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Two Italian scientists tested how accurate smartphones are in detecting earthquakes. This test is not just about technology, but also about new business models at the nexus of mobile, the Internet of Things and big data. Executives, in environmental agencies, emergency services, academia and other public sector entities in charge of monitoring earthquakes, have to figure out how this new paradigm will affect their organization.

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Pushed by sever budget cuts U.K. government executives are applying a variety of approaches to sourcing ICT and business services, but rather than finding one perfect solutions, it is becoming increasingly clear that a hybrid approach will be the most sustainable in the long term.

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Welcome to the Shutdown - No Need to Panic (Yet)

By Shawn P. McCarthy

Welcome to October, and welcome the shutdown of the U.S. federal government. By the time you read this, the event might already be over. But probably not. As of the morning of October 1, 2013, all indications are that the U.S. federal government shutdown will continue for several days.

About one third of federal employees could see an immediate suspension of their job functions. However, the shutdown is not really a total deferral of operations. Think of it as a kind of suspended animation, where many operations will cease while others will continue unabated -- particularly those related to the nation's critical infrastructure.

This has happened because annual funding for the U.S. federal government expired on September 30. Congress hit a stalemate, which lead to lack of funding for the government for fiscal year 2014, which starts October 1. The stalemate happened as Senate Democrats voted, for a fourth time, to reject a spending plan set forth by House Republicans that sought to cut or delay the implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare.

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