Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Rural Socio-Economic Transformation, RUSET 2023, 1 November 2023, Bogor, Indonesia

Research Article

Digital Literacy of Rural Areas in Indonesia: Challenges and Opportunities

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.1-11-2023.2344347,
        author={Maulana Akbar and Gustaf Wijaya},
        title={Digital Literacy of Rural Areas in Indonesia: Challenges and Opportunities},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Rural Socio-Economic Transformation, RUSET 2023, 1 November 2023, Bogor, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={RUSET},
        year={2024},
        month={5},
        keywords={digital literacy rural digital skills digital safety digital ethics digital culture},
        doi={10.4108/eai.1-11-2023.2344347}
    }
    
  • Maulana Akbar
    Gustaf Wijaya
    Year: 2024
    Digital Literacy of Rural Areas in Indonesia: Challenges and Opportunities
    RUSET
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.1-11-2023.2344347
Maulana Akbar1,*, Gustaf Wijaya1
  • 1: National Research and Innovation Agency
*Contact email: maulana.akbar@brin.go.id

Abstract

Adequate digital literacy is essential in the current era. This study utilizes a dataset including 10,000 samples obtained using a multistage random sampling technique conducted across various regions in Indonesia. The primary objective of this research is to investigate the current state of digital literacy in Indonesia. This article aims to provide a descriptive analysis of the key attributes of digital literacy in rural regions of Indonesia, focusing on four primary pillars which are digital skills, safety, culture, and ethic. This study finds that the difference in digital literacy between rural and urban areas is not significant. In addition, the research indicate that rural communities exhibit higher levels of digital ethics, culture, and security, while displaying a somewhat lower proficiency in digital skills. The primary obstacle pertains to the digital infrastructure and the integration of digital technologies into everyday routines.