[PRESS RELEASE] Indonesian Digital Skills: Smartphone but (Not So) Smart Users? | DIGITAL EXPERT TALKS #2

August 18, 2021 11:19 am || By

Google Meet, 30 July 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the acceleration of digital transformation in various sectors. Various digital-based services are here to meet the needs and make it easier for users. However, the convenience and convenience that technology also offers present challenges and risks. To respond to this, in the Digital Expert Talks #2 series, CfDS will discuss how the digital skills of Indonesian people are today. CfDS invited Zainuddin Muda Z. Monggilo (Lecturer of Communication UGM and Japelidi) to lead the discussion, alongside several panelists, namely Semuel A. Pangerapan (Director General of Informatics Applications Ministry of Communication and Informatics of the Republic of Indonesia), Noudhy Valdryno (Politics and Government Outreach Manager, Indonesia and APAC in Facebook), and Septiaji Eko Nugroho (Chairman of the Presidium of MAFINDO).
(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX-gdYV_kKU)

Digital and Skills Literacy as the Foundation of Smart Users
Semuel A. Pangerapan started his presentation by stating that Indonesia’s level of digital literacy is still deficient. Although the government has made various movements to increase digital literacy in the community until 2020, this movement can only cover 200,000 people. Therefore, it can be concluded that with a total of 196 million internet users in Indonesia, this figure is still shallow, while according to Zainuddin Muda Z. Monggilo, digital literacy is the primary key in facing digital transformation. Hence, digital literacy needs to be improved, but digital skills also need to be improved. According to him, Indonesia needs consistent digital literacy. Therefore, the government has designed four pillars of digital skills: Digital skills, Digital ethics, Digital safety, and Digital culture. Closing his presentation, Semuel A. Pangerapan emphasized that “People must understand digital literacy in order to be able to curate information that might mislead themselves.” Moreover, added by Zainuddin Muda Z. Monggilo reminded the public to “Do not stop learning, because by continuing to learn we will always become new people and make us open people.”

Improving Digital Literacy and Skills
During the pandemic, the flood of information was unstoppable. According to Septiaji Eko Nugroho, this situation also provided space for the circulation of hoaxes which often frightened the public, causing many conflicts. Before closing his presentation, he said that “We often feel smart with all the tools on our smartphones, but instead we become victims of hoaxes and do not smartly use these devices either.” In line with Septiaji’s presentation, Noudhy Valdryno also said that the pandemic period was difficult to even for the platform because there was much information coming in, and it was difficult to validate the news. Therefore, the recommendation that Noudhy as the platform representative is to improve digital literacy and skills. Noudhy also advised that “The pandemic period is a sensitive time, so we must be willing to be more restrained in sharing news that has the potential to misinformation.”

Author: Firya Qurratu’ain A.