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Citizen Oversight of Government Spending via Mobile Phones and Social Media in Indonesia

"In Kupang, a city in West Timor, Indonesia, a civil group cooperates with a local newspaper and women in the villages to monitor budget spending in each village and also give feedback on local government policies, using mobile SMS and Facebook. Public policy is summarized and posted on printed newspaper, and people give feedback via SMS or Facebook. Selected comments are published in the printed newspaper."

Implications:

"SMS and Twitter offer increasingly universal channels for participation and feedback from audiences of TV and radio programs, though SMS price and multi-language support are still obstacles. Nevertheless, people today are more closely connected by online media, and more empowered to participate in various activities, whether political, social or personal."

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