Communications and Information Technology Ministry secretary general Farida Dwi Cahyarini. (JG Photo/Telly Nathalia)

Women's Digital Literacy Is Essential: Gov't Official


DECEMBER 15, 2017

Jakarta. Amid a tsunami of digital content, Indonesian women must learn to use new technologies to fight hoax, hatred and radicalism, a top official at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has said.

The ministry's secretary general Farida Dwi Cahyarini said during preparations for the Ibu Cerdas di Era Digital (Smart Moms in Digital Era) seminar in Jakarta on Dec. 7 that all parties should see development in digital technology as something positive, instead of focusing on its negative impact. She added that promoting digital literacy is the government's obligation.

According to data from the Indonesian Internet Service Providers Association (APJII), by the end of 2016 the number of internet users in Indonesia was 132.7 million, or 51.8 percent of the population. Among them 52.5 percent were men and 47.5 percent women.

Farida said that women's role as mothers and teachers is especially important in mitigating the impact of negative content on digital platforms, and they must be educated how to do it, "otherwise it [the negative content] can destroy the nation."

"Women must be educated how to fight hoax," she said.

The seminar on digital literacy for parents, particularly mothers, aims to increase digital literacy among women to improve their standard of living. The Jakarta Globe is the event's media partner.

"We want mothers to use digital platforms in a positive way … there are many good aspects from which they can benefit," Farida said.

The seminar will be held on Saturday in Jakarta and Yogyakarta by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Siber Kreasi, Tata Kelola Internet and several various communities such as Kebaya, Kopi dan Buku, Chattra Kebaya, and the Community Economic Empowerment Organization (LPER).

The seminar's West Java edition was held in Bandung on Thursday.

Speakers in Jakarta will include actress and literacy activist Marcella Zalianty and Communications Minister Rudiantara.

Participants will learn how to identify and combat hoax, how to use digital media in parenting, and how to take advantage of social media platforms to improve household income.