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Mayor roots out corruption using social media


Ridwan Kamil, the Mayor of Bandung in Indonesia, has revealed how in two years he has transformed the city’s bureaucracy and saved US$20 million. Kamil, speaking at the Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting in Frankfurt, said the biggest issue facing him after his election in 2014 was a slow and corrupt bureaucracy with his predecessor having been sent to jail. Following research, where he discovered a digital friendly city of 2.1 million Facebook users, his solution was to digitise the city government. “I transferred all manual procedures online and am developing what I call an e-democracy asking people to oversee the government,” said Kamil. “It is the first city in Indonesia to have all departments with a Twitter account. Every day there are two hundred postings from all our departments using what I call visual culture through text as well as photos.”

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