Tular Nalar: Indonesia Digital Literacy Initiative Towards an Inclusive, Diverse and Resilient Community

Part 1 - Lead Organizer


Contact Person

Giri Lumakto

Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate)



Research Coordinator



Economy of Residence


Primary Stakeholder Group

Civil Society


Part 2 - Session Proposal

Your proposal is for

Main Conference (Day 1-3)

Session Title

Tular Nalar: Indonesia Digital Literacy Initiative Towards an Inclusive, Diverse and Resilient Community


Inclusion Sustainability Trust

Session Format


Where do you plan to organize your session?

Virtual / online

Specific Issues for Discussion

Based on the research from Japelidi (Indonesia Digital Literacy Activist Network) and Indonesia Ministry of Communications and Informatics, the level of digital literacy in society is relatively moderate. Nevertheless, Indonesia is still facing the huge problem of critical thinking due to the low rank on overall literacy (PISA 2019) and digital gap. Due to the pandemic, Indonesia is also facing the problem of transitioning to online learning. Lack of materials to be delivered on online learning is also another challenge. To hone critical thinking through digital literacy, Mafindo, Maarif Institute and Love Frankie with the support from Google.org initiated a Tular Nalar program. The program consisted of building a digital literacy curriculum incorporated in 8 themes representing prominent issues in Indonesia. The curriculum is complemented by tools and website aiming to equip educators and students. Monitoring and evaluation resulted in findings to be discussed. How to sustain the collaboration within the stakeholders. how to refine and revise the curriculum to mitigate the real cases in society. There are multiple factors that affected critical thinking. Cognitive skills often are not enough. It is important to discuss any other approach to enhance critical thinking skills in processing information.

Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF

There are 3 interrelated issues highlighted in our session. First, inclusive value. Digital Literacy should support democratic society by promoting and enhancing equality through inclusivity. Tular Nalar aimed to reach all elements of society. In order to bridge the existing digital gap in the country, Tular Nalar is collaborating with other communities as well, such as Indonesia Community Radio Network to reach wider audience who have limited access to the internet . Tular Nalar is also building a special curriculum for disability. Second, too many examples show that misinformation has polarised the community and eroded trust among society. A discussion on applying digital literacy curriculum based on an inclusive perspective, along with the best approach to gain trust in a diverse community with polarisation threat is very important. Third, Creating and maintaining sustainability is also another important aspect to be discussed. We do believe that inclusiveness and trust are the marks of sustainability. However, in a pluralistic community, where various interests existed and contested regularly, providing sustainability posed a great challenge. A brainstorming and lesson learned could help to guarantee sustainability.

Methodology / Agenda

The session will be a showcase that will be divided into 3 parts: Introduction (5 minutes) moderator to introduce speakers, agenda and main topics that will be discussed during the session. Showcase (40 minutes, each speaker will have 10 minutes to share) speakers will present their practice and experience in implementing critical thinking skills in their region (each speaker . Speakers may also exchange and discuss their experiences and opinions for further discussion. Q&A and wrap up (20 minutes) open Q&A with the attendees and moderator wrap up the session.

Please provide 3 subject matter tags that best describe your session.

#digitalliteracy #criticalthinking #ionlinesafety


Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)

Name Designation Organization Economy of Residence Stakeholder Group Gender Status of Confirmation
Moderator (Primary) Anita Wahid Presidium Mafindo Indonesia Civil Society Female Proposed
Moderator (Back-up) Giri Lumakto Research Coordinator Mafindo Indonesia Civil Society Male Confirmed
Speaker 1 Santi Indra Astuti Presidium Mafindo Indonesia Civil Society Female Confirmed
Speaker 2 Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan Director General of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Applications Ministry of Communication and Information Indonesia Government Male Proposed
Speaker 3 Anne Krueger APAC Director First Draft Australia Press \/ Media Female Proposed
Speaker 4 Masato Kajimoto Assistant Professor Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) Hong Kong Academia Male Proposed


Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.

Moderators and speakers are experts and experienced leaders in fields related with community engagement, and media/digital literacy. Their insights and perspectives will enrich the topic to be discussed regarding the program goals. Ms. Anita Wahid, a digital literacy activist, vice president of Siberkreasi—the largest coalition on digital literacy movement in Indonesia. She is also famously known as human rights and anti corruption activist who mobilized civil activism against corruption and human rights violation. Mr. Giri Lumakto is a Research Coordinator of Mafindo, also blogger and writer focusing on the issue of digital ethicists. He is actively participating as speakers in national and international seminars and workshops focusing on misinformation and disinformation. Mr. Giri Lumakto joins Tular Nalar team responsible for curriculum development collaborating with digital literacy experts in Indonesia. Dr. Masato Kajimoto is an Assistant Professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC), the University of Hong Kong. He is also an Affiliate Professor at the Center for News Literacy at the Stony Brook University Department of Journalism. Mr. Kajimoto specialise in news literacy education, multimedia storytelling, and social media in journalism. His research incorporates learning analytics, media and cultural studies, and narrative analysis. Ms. Santi Indra Astuti is a member of Mafindo Presidium and Co-Founder of Japelidi (Indonesia Digital Literacy Activist Network). She is also a public communication expert for several government agencies in local and national scope. As digital literacy activist, she is actively participated on National and International seminars and workshops, such Media Literacy Summit in London, Digital Democracy in ASEAN in Bangkok, and Google Media Trusted Summit in Singapore. Ms. Santi Indra Astuti is also a Program Manager for Tular Nalar Program. Mr Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan currently serves as Director General of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Applications, Ministry of Communication and Information. He is also active in a number of national and international organisations related to Internet governance and uses. Mr Pangerapan is currently focusing on fostering digital transformation in three sectors – society, business, and government with various stakeholders. Anne is APAC Director for First Draft. She launched First Draft in Sydney in early 2019 and soon expanded operations into APAC. In 2020 she was co-chief investigator at the Centre for Media Transition UTS, drafting Australia's first disinformation regulatory code. She established a verification lab at the University of Hong Kong collaborating with Meedan, and led media literacy projects with Unesco throughout APAC.