Digital disparities challenge in creating information-based society

Digital disparities challenge in creating information-based society

Tifatul Sembiring. (ANTARA)

Yogyakarta (ANTARA News) - Digital disparities that occur in Indonesia`s main cities and districts are a challenge to the creation of an information-based society, Communication and Informatics Minister Tifatul Sembiring said.

"Digital disparities are visible in the minimum information and technology infrastructures that exist in eastern Indonesian regions,"  he said when opening the 1st ICT USO Expo and Conference" in Jogja Expo Center (JEC) Yogyakarta, Monday.

Indonesia`s information services were also considered poor, while there was also a lack of educative information for Indonesian citizens.

The country`s geographical contour and archipellagic shape also constituted constraining factors to develop an infrastructure to support information technology development.

"Therefore we are using five success keys to face the problem, by locating information technology as a national pillar, make technology as the new foreign investment earner, create jon opportunities, provide educative information and serve as a democratic tool to maintain the Unitary State of Indonesia (NKRI)," he said.

Technology information disparity reduction efforts wee bing made designed to create an information-based Indonesian community, who care about information as main information for stakeholders in policy making, the minister said.

Indonesian people could not be easily be provoked if they were well informed, and could be more rational in understanding the problems the country was facing.

"The main problem lies in the people`s weak understanding of the right ideology which is expected to reduce the disparities by 2014 ," he said.

The Ministry`s Post and Informatics Director General Shukri Batubara said the 2011 ICT USO Expo events were attended by about 100 executives of state-pwned enterprises and private businesses who work in the field of information technology.

"The series of events will be held until September 28, 2011," he said .
(Uu.A050/HAJM/A014)

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