Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bridging the Digital Divide in Indonesia

Onno Purbo, (Photo by APNIC, Aug 2015)
Onno Purbo, from STKIP Surya (Indonesia) will speak on "Bridging the 'digital divide' in Indonesia", at the Australian National University in Canberra, 12:30 pm, 29 June 2016:
"Indonesia's internet penetration is only around 20%, far below other countries in Southeast Asia including Malaysia (68%), Vietnam (52%) and the Philippines (44%). This presentation will review the predicament Indonesia faces, which is poor Internet access to rural areas and villages. For many years, the Indonesian government has tried to rectify this problem. In this presentation I will examine 'top-down' government approaches, as well as 'bottom up' community-based self-financing approaches. ...

I will argue that the simplest option to increase internet penetration in Indonesia is to improve the empowerment processes of citizens, and conduct larger surveys before infrastructure deployment is implemented by the government. This is essential to ensure that future 'top-down' policies do not follow the path of their predecessors." From "Bridging the 'digital divide' in Indonesia", Onno Purbo.
For more on Onno Purbo, see "We need to cultivate human capacity, Onno" by Robbie Mitchell, APNIC, 28 Aug 2015