ICT and PseudoE-Governance Trap - A Case Study of “SMS Pandan” and “ULAS” in Surakarta City


The performance of E-governance represents the government’s usage of information technology for democratic community and nation building. This paper reports on a content analysis on the application of information technology to “SMS Pandan” and “ULAS” service by Surakarta City government to examine the extent of e-Governance in the Surakarta region.  The analysis is supplement with in-depth interviews with government officials and the community. The analysis used community based monitoring (CBM) framework to explain the effect of information and communication technology (ICT) use on the social accountability of government service and organization. The results show that procedural formality and patriarchical bureaucratic cultures triggered the emergence of ICT paradox and led to pathologies such depersonalization, buck passing, and atrophy of personal responsibility. This in turn has led to the emergence of a pseudo e-governance.