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Indonesia’s population census to go digital next year

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, September 12, 2019   /  01:23 pm
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Statistics Indonesia (BPS) head Suhariyanto speaks at a press conference. BPS plans to use digital technology to carry out a population census in 2020(JP/srs)

Statistics Indonesia (BPS) is to employ smartphones, tablets and the central government’s population database for the first time in the agency’s 59-year history to more efficiently execute next year’s Population Census, which is conducted only once every decade. BPS head Suhariyanto said citizens would be able to fill in personal data through a website (sensus.bps.go.id/) instead of waiting for door-to-door agency officials or going to regional BPS offices, as was done in previous years. “Ladies and Gentlemen, you could use your smartphones to fill in your own data. If that doesn’t work, an official will visit your home with a tablet or smartphone. This approach is especially useful for reaching isolated regions,” said Suhariyanto in his presentation at a big data convention in Jakarta on Aug. 28. BPS' deputy for statistics distribution an...