Digital literacy can help people understand data protection: ministry

We have (programs) at different levels

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Holding digital literacy programs is a way to help the community understand data protection at the grassroots level, the Ministry of Communication and Information has said.

“We have (programs) at different levels. For the general public, (we have) Indonesia is becoming more digitally capable (program),” said Devie Rahmawati, expert staff from the Ministry of Communication and Informatics for communication and mass media. “Gizmo Talk: Challenges to Build Indonesia’s Digital Sovereignty” webinar, Thursday.

Indonesia has faced great challenges over the past two years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has forced 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 analogous to a digital home, many people will be able to see the content of the home. Through digital literacy programs, people are expected to become more aware and savvy about what they share on their social networks.

Currently, many social media games require users to submit their personal data, for example, their mother’s maiden name and home address. Sometimes people unknowingly share this data on social media.

According to her, education regarding data protection and security not only covers how to prevent data leakage, but also what to do when a data leakage occurs.

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She cited research from Gadjah Mada University which showed that there are still victims of data breaches – such as those who have taken out illegal online loans – who are reluctant to report them because they are ashamed and accepted it as a misfortune.

Expert staff advised victims of data breaches to report to the proper authority so that their case can be investigated. According to her, by reporting, victims also help others who are experiencing similar problems.

The “Indonesia Becomes More Digitally Capable” program aims to reach 10 million citizens per year. By the end of 2024, it is expected that there will be approximately 50 million digitally literate citizens.

Rahmawati said education and digital literacy programs will never stop as the community currently lives in two worlds: real and digital.

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