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Big data, big decisions: the Indonesian way

I published this blog post on ODI’s website:

The writer Elizabeth Pisani recently told an anecdote about asking 50 random people in Covent Garden, London, to point to Indonesia on a small plastic globe. Only a few pointed to the right spot. This confirmed, she said, that a country as vast, populated and diverse as Indonesia is actually not very prominent in international affairs. Yet in the digital world, Indonesia is king – social media and mobile technology are booming. While fewer than 24% of its population has access to internet, internet users increased by a whopping 163% between 2010-13; by 2015 the forecast indicates there will be 145 million users. Indonesia is the fourth largest market for Facebook with 43 million users, and Twitter’s third largest country with 385 tweets posted every second.  Continue reading >

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