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The Role of Academic in Narrowing Digital Divide. Budi Rahardjo Director of Research & Development Center on Industry and Information Technology Institut Teknologi Bandung 2004 http://budi.insan.co.id. Summary. Roles of academic Human Resource Development Technology Development

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The role of academic in narrowing digital divide

The Role of Academic in Narrowing Digital Divide

Budi Rahardjo

Director of Research & Development Center on Industry and Information TechnologyInstitut Teknologi Bandung2004

http://budi.insan.co.id


Summary

Summary

  • Roles of academic

    • Human Resource Development

    • Technology Development

    • Content Development

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo


Human resource development

Human Resource Development

  • Natural for academician

  • Train/teach

    • Technical: IT specific workers

    • Non-technical: the use of IT at work, at home

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo


Hrd in indonesia

HRD in Indonesia

  • Problems

    • Wide gap between developed area (cities) and rural area

    • Low-level literacy

    • Teaching teachers is one approach, but the quality of teachers varies

    • IT equipments are (still) relatively expensive and not a priority

    • Access (infrastructure) is still limited and is sometimes unaffordable

    • Formal certifications are relatively expensive

    • Lack of commitment in the academicians

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo


Initiatives

Initiatives

  • Various initiatives

    • Upgrading teachers capability (eg. Vocational school teachers)

      • In using IT

      • In teaching IT

    • Introduction to IT to various schools and communities

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo


Technology development

Technology Development

  • Part of academicians job, especially who do research

  • Develop technology that is applicable (affordable, culturally accepted) locally

  • There are research centers

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo


Problem in tech development

Problem in Tech Development

  • Development is expensive and fund is limited

  • Production in Indonesia economically is not viable

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo


Content development

Content Development

  • Academicians have knowledge that can be shared (help to share)

  • Content can be formal and informal

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo


Problems in content development

Problems in content development

  • Lack of local / appropriate contents, especially for school kids / children. Contents in Indonesia are mostly entertainment & news

  • Most contents are in English

  • Culturally, we are not a reading culture. Plus low level literacy

  • Sharing is not common

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo


Concluding remarks

Concluding Remarks

  • There are still problems, but we are committed to eliminate them

  • Some of the problems are global problems

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo


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