PwC to help PMO mine data

The Prime Minister’s Office is using big data techniques to process ideas thrown up by citizens on its crowdsourcing platform, place them in context of the popular mood as reflected in trends on social media, and generate actionable reports for ministries and departments to consider and implement.

The Modi government has roped in global consulting firm PwCto assist in the data mining exercise, and now wants to elevate platform from a one-way flow of citizens’ ideas to a dialogue where the government keeps them abreast of some of the actions that emerge from their brainstorming.

“There is a large professional data analytics team working behind the scenes to process and filter key points emerging from debates on, gauge popular mood about particular issues from social media sites like Twitter and Facebook,” said a senior official aware of the development, adding that these are collated into special reports about possible action points that are shared with the PMO and line ministries.

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