[PRESS RELEASE]: Stimulating Digital Literacy through Creativity on Social Media

April 1, 2018 5:27 am || By

Behind the rapid rise of internet usage in Indonesia, there are still some parts of the society that have not yet exposed to the capability of using internet positively. One year after it was first established in Yogyakarta, the Digital Literacy Festival (FIRAL) eventually comes back to the city. The NGOs and stakeholders united under the National Movement on Digital Literacy (SiBerkreasi) in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Republic of Indonesia, holding the festival at Pondok Pesantren Assalafiyah II, Mlangi, Sleman on Saturday, 24 March 2018.

In general, this festival consists of a series of event that supports the dissemination of positive content in Indonesian online sphere, and also embrace the spirit of digital literacy among the Indonesian society. During the event at Pesantren Assalafiyah II, there are numerous workshops which aimed to provide the lesson to empower the students on how to use the internet productively and positively through creativity.

Center for Digital Society (CfDS) UGM is participating in providing two discussion sessions during the Digital Literacy Festival 2018. Habibah Hermanadi, our research associate, deliver a sharing session on how to maximize ‘vlog’ as an interactive and salutary mean of communication. Besides of the discussion, Habibah also shares her experience while doing some work on the vlogging scene.

“In the making of our vlog, we have to emphasize on how important is the story to be the main point of our content. We are all capable of making a content based on our story that can be a source of inspiration as long as you execute it smoothly. It does not matter whether you are a student, farmer or anything else, your stories or experiences can be a source of inspiration for all.” said Habibah.

The high enthusiasm from the audience makes the discussion atmosphere more interesting. Then, Masgustian, a graphic designer at CfDS, gives his take on how to utilize basic graphic design principle that can be utilized to develop an appealing visual content on the internet.

“Scientifically, there is a tendency from people to be more interested to see content in the form of visual rather than text. If you can serve your idea or opinion in the form of an interesting graphic design product, there is a possibility that people will put more attention to your idea, and enlarge the audience eventually.” added Masgustian.

Asides of the two classes above, there is also a session on ‘healthy/positive internet usage,’ ‘hoax buster,’ ‘online preaching,’ and also blogging. This event also supported by communities such as MAFINDO, IMNU, Turn Back Hoax and ICT Watch. The student at Pondok Pesantren Assalafiyah II enthusiastically follows the event from the start until the end. The question and answer session, in the end, has become an interactive learning session for the student to know more about the issues circulating the digital literacy discourse in today’s era.