Digital literacy can help people understand data protection: ministry
We have (programs) at different levels
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Conducting digital literacy programs is one way to help the community understand data protection at the basic level, the Ministry of Communication and Information said.
“We have (programs) at different levels. For the general public, (we have) Indonesia becoming more digitally capable (program),” said Devie Rahmawati, expert staff in communication and mass media at the Ministry of Communication and Information, in the conference. “Gizmo Talk: Challenges to Build Indonesia’s Digital Sovereignty” webinar, Thursday.
Indonesia has faced great challenges in the last two years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has required everyone to use digital technology. According to Rahmawati, the digital space must be understood as a public space.
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If social media accounts are compared to a digital house, many people will be able to see the content of the house. Through digital literacy programs, people are expected to become more aware and wise about what they share on their social networks.
Currently, there are many games on social networks that require users to submit their personal data, such as their mothers’ maiden names and home addresses. Sometimes people unknowingly share such data on social media.
According to her, data protection and security education not only covers how to prevent data from being leaked, but also what to do when a data leak occurs.
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He cited research from Gadjah Mada University that has shown that there are still victims of data leaks, such as those who took illegal loans online, who are reluctant to report them because they are ashamed and have accepted it as a disgrace.
Expert staff advised victims of data breaches to report it to the appropriate authority so that their cases can be investigated. According to her, by reporting, victims are also helping other people who are experiencing similar problems.
The “Indonesia is becoming more digitally capable” program aims to reach 10 million citizens per year. By the end of 2024, it is expected that there will be around 50 million digitally literate citizens.
Rahmawati said that digital education and literacy programs will never stop because the community currently lives in two worlds: real and digital.
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