Data is indeed the new oil, the most valuable resource as cited by Clive Humby in a 2006 report, showing how data mining and utilization in the private sector has been very advanced. Even in Indonesia, more state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private unicorns are using big data centers. Telkomsel and Gojek, for example, have explored and used analytics of human movement patterns, for decision-making and to dominate the market.
Unfortunately, in the public sector, the data use trend in Indonesia is still in slow motion mode. Over the past few weeks President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and several ministers have emphasized the importance of data accuracy so that cash transfers to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic reach the targeted beneficiaries.
At least three cash transfers could be cited, namely village cash transfer (BLT), social cash transfer (BST) and preemploy…

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