Department Highlights Improvement in RI’s Digital Culture Index in 2021

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

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – Indonesia’s digital culture index increased in 2021 compared to 2020, according to the results of the 2021 Digital Literacy Index survey conducted by the Ministry of Communications and Informatics.

The survey aims not only to identify the level of digital literacy in Indonesia, but also to ensure that efforts to promote people’s digital literacy have been effective.

“We will continuously accelerate and monitor the level of digital literacy of the community in line with today’s rapid developments in digital technology and strategic roles,” noted Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, director-general of informatics applications at the ministry, in publishing the results of the survey on Thursday.

Digital culture, digital skills, digital ethics and digital security were the four aspects evaluated during the survey.

The aspect of digital culture achieves the highest score with 3.9 points on a scale of up to 5 points, which is considered a good level.

The aspects of digital ethics, digital skills and digital safety, on the other hand, achieve 3.53 points, 3.44 points and 3.10 points respectively.

The survey was conducted by the ministry in collaboration with SiBerkreasi, a platform for digital literacy in social movements, and Katadata, an online media and research company.

The expert panel of the Katadata Insight Center (KIC) Mulya Amri found that the overall score of the Indonesian Digital Literacy Index 2021 is at a moderately good level with 3.49 points.

Indonesia’s Digital Literacy Index 2021 recorded an increase of 0.03 points compared to the score achieved in 2020.

The expert pointed out several changes regarding the assessed digital aspects in 2021.

“The changes aim to ensure that Indonesia has a robust measure of digital literacy. Currently we have a roadmap to measure and improve literacy levels,” he explained.

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

The 2021 survey noted an improvement in the digital culture aspect and digital skills. However, there has been a decline in the aspects of digital ethics and digital security.

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

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

In addition to collecting the literacy index, the behavior of Indonesian Internet users was analyzed in the survey, especially in dealing with hoaxes. They used to rely on close contacts to verify the authenticity of the fake news. However, nowadays they use search engines to find the truth.

Analysis of the survey results also highlighted the need to improve the digital literacy of women, older people, low-income groups and those with little education.

The survey based on the multi-stage sampling procedure took place in October 2021. The results can be viewed and downloaded at status.literasidigital.id.

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