Ministry highlights improvement in Rotary’s Digital Literacy Index in 2021

Several respondents were unaware of the dangers of uploading personal data.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia’s digital literacy index increased in 2021 compared to 2020, according to the results of the 2021 Digital Literacy Index Survey conducted by the Ministry of Communication and Education. ‘Computer science.

The survey aims not only to identify the level of digital literacy in Indonesia, but also to ensure that the attempts made to foster the digital literacy of the population have been effective.

“We will continuously accelerate and monitor the level of digital literacy of the community in line with rapid developments in digital technology and strategic roles these days,” Director General of IT Applications at the ministry Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan remarked during the release. survey results. Thursday.

Digital literacy, digital skills, digital ethics and digital security were the four aspects assessed during the survey.

The digital culture aspect has obtained the highest score to 3.9 points on a scale of up to 5 points, which was considered a good level.

Meanwhile, the aspects of digital ethics, digital skills and digital security recorded 3.53 points, 3.44 points and 3.10 points respectively.

The survey was conducted by the Ministry in collaboration with a social movement platform digital literacy SiBerkreasi and a media company and online search, Katadata.

Katadata Insight Center (KIC) expert panel Mulya Amri noted that the overall Indonesian Digital Literacy Index 2021 score was recorded at 3.49 points, which was considered a moderately good level.

An increase of 0.03 points was recorded in the Indonesian Digital Literacy Index 2021 compared to the score obtained in 2020.

The expert drew attention to several changes regarding the numerical aspects assessed in 2021.

“The changes are aimed at ensuring that Indonesia has a robust measurement tool for digital literacy. Currently, we have a roadmap to measure and improve the level of literacy,” he said.

The 2021 Digital Literacy Index assessment was conducted through a face-to-face survey involving 10,000 internet users aged 13-70 across 514 districts and cities in Indonesia.

An improvement in the digital literacy and digital skills component was seen in the 2021 survey. However, a decline occurred in the digital ethics and digital security aspects.

Amri noted that the aspect of digital security – which received the lowest score – was cause for concern.

“Several respondents were unaware of the dangers of uploading personal data,” he said.

In addition to evaluating the literacy index, the survey analyzed the behavior of Indonesian Internet users, especially in the management of pranks. Previously, they relied on close contacts to verify the authenticity of fake news. However, nowadays they have started using search engines to find the truth.

Analysis of the survey results also pointed to the need to improve digital literacy among women, the elderly, low-income groups, and low-educated people.

The survey, which used the multistage random sampling method, took place in October 2021. Its results can be read and downloaded via status.literasidigital.id.

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