Shaping Regional Development Policy Through News Coverage: Potential and Limitation

For public policy to address a problem timely and correctly, ability to respond to an actual, perceived or anticipated problem is critical. Big data holds tremendeous potential in providing information for policy analyst that is more timely, accurate and detailed. This paper examines the use of big data to shape public policy, to look on the potential of worldwide news capture in The Global Data on Event Location and Tone (GDELT) project inform policy making in Indonesia context. GDELT data sets reveal topic of interests from the following neighbourhood countries: Australia, Singapore and Malaysia on selected Indonesian big islands namely Sumatera, Kalimantan, Jawa, Bali and Papua. We concluded that big data from news play a role in shaping foreign perceptions towards specific Indonesian regions which could be responded and anticipated by policy analyst in that regions. read more