Jakarta (ANTARA) – Digital literacy and local culture are important to adapt to the rapid transformation of digital technology, said Professor Dr Ahmad Yunus, vice-rector for academic and student affairs at Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta.
“Indonesia’s weak digital competitiveness is the cause of the country’s weak digital literacy. This condition has made Indonesia vulnerable to the spread of hoaxes, hate speech, radicalism, pornography and cyberbullying.” , Yunus noted in a press release Monday.
Yunus called for monitoring this phenomenon together as it could erode the culture that Indonesians have internalized and are now part of their unique lifestyle.
“If the local culture is eroded, then Indonesians risk losing their identity as friendly, tolerant, helpful and polite people,” he explained.
Local culture should be able to become a powerful shield to block all foreign values that do not match Indonesian culture, he added.
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“Digital transformation is inevitable. Local culture is currently being tested in order to adapt to the modern era,” noted Yunus.
Meanwhile, Indonesian Telematics Company (MASTEL) President Sarwoto Atmosutarno believes that understanding local culture amid the vortex of digital transformation will allow Indonesia to reap various benefits of digital transformation while preventing its negative effects.
“Digital transformation using local culture also plays an important role for the development and sustainability of the Indonesian people,” he explained.
“Understanding the role of the nation’s positive values and the rich local culture that contribute to the success of digital transformation can solve several aspects, such as the strategic index in the Millennium Development Goals, the digital competitiveness index and other important clues for the achievement of Golden Indonesia 2045, he said.
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