Government continues to redouble efforts to strengthen people’s digital literacy

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Communication and Informatics continues to step up efforts to increase people’s digital literacy with the aim of preventing the spread of hoaxes, a ministry official said.

Until 2021, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics had implemented the digital literacy program for around 12.5 million Indonesians.

“More than 10 million Indonesians have participated in our digital literacy program and have become digitally literate this year,” the director general of Information and Public Communication at the Ministry of Communication and Communication told Tangerang on Wednesday. Computer Science, Usman Kansong.

According to Kansong, digital culture could prevent the spread of hoaxes. In addition, it would help create a better digital space, with more citizens having skills in the use of social media.

The ministry instills digital skills, digital ethics, digital literacy and digital security in community members.

Digital skills help people become adept at using digital technology, while digital ethics teach people how to use digital technology wisely and ethically.

Digital culture educates the public to use social media by prioritizing cultural values, such as Pancasila values, nationalism and diversity, he added.

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By instilling them, the ministry is encouraging people not to do and spread hoaxes, Kansong noted.

“Let us fill the public spaces with good messages”, he underlined.

The Ministry of Communication and Informatics has predicted that by the end of 2024, up to 50 million Indonesians will have received the basic level of digital literacy training.

In addition to digital literacy, the ministry continues to monitor cyberspace to prevent the spread of harmful content, including hoaxes.

Kansong said his ministry uses an artificial intelligence technology called AIS and has a special team to capture negative content. The ministry also receives reports from the community on negative content.

When negative content is found, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics will remove the content, he noted.

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