February 25, 2024

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Smart Cities, Digital Literacy and Cybersecurity Guide Indonesia’s Future

The Indonesian Government continues to work towards realising the vision of Indonesia Maju 2045. One of the crucial pillars of this vision is the development of a robust digital infrastructure. Through a solid digital infrastructure, communication networks will operate smoothly from any perspective. This will undoubtedly bring significant progress and acceleration for Indonesia in the future.

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Minister of Communication and Information Technology Budi Arie Setiadi stated that one of the critical factors in achieving this vision is comprehensive digital transformation. One of the policy implementations for digital transformation is the development of smart cities.

The Government has set a target for the construction of 100 smart cities. Therefore, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology has announced the preparation of a Digital Roadmap as a strategic guideline for building smart cities in Indonesia.

The first aspect is the provision of infrastructure in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. According to Minister Budi Arie, the Government will continue to enhance the capacity and coverage of infrastructure for this digital transformation throughout Indonesia.

Secondly, the management of frequency spectrum, device standards, and public services. The Government will manage the frequency spectrum efficiently and effectively to support the development of smart cities.

Thirdly, the Government will establish ICT device standards and public services compatible with digital technology. This ensures that ICT can be optimally used to support various community needs. The Government will promote the utilisation of digital technology in various fields, such as governance, education, healthcare, and transportation.

In addition to infrastructure and technology, developing smart cities requires competent human resources. Therefore, the Government will continue to enhance the digital literacy and digital skills of the public.

“In terms of digital literacy, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has been running digital literacy programmes since 2017. This programme has reached more than 22 million people across Indonesia,” said Minister Budi Arie.

Minister Budi Arie also ensures that the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology will continue coordinating with various stakeholders to realise digital transformation in Indonesia.

“This is important to ensure that various programmes and policies implemented can run effectively and efficiently,” he emphasised.

Furthermore, the development of digital infrastructure and Smart Cities in Indonesia not only requires robust digital infrastructure and talent but also assured data security. This is because all interconnected digital.

Sulistyo, Deputy for Cybersecurity and Cryptography of the State Cyber and Cipher Agency (BSSN), mentioned in the same forum that if one cybersecurity system is attacked, it can disrupt all digital services.

“To address this challenge, we have been collaborating with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to promote cybersecurity literacy and prepare cybersecurity human resources. Based on BSSN’s analysis, Indonesia’s need for cybersecurity human resources will reach 39,000 individuals within the next two years,” he said.

According to Sulistyo, BSSN has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to conduct Cybersecurity Training. It is expected that this training will enhance the competencies of regional government human resources in cybersecurity.

Ade Melita, the Executive Director of the conference, presented that data breaches are a real threat in the digital era. Personal data of citizens, such as demographic data, banking data, and health data, have become prime targets for hackers.

IKN is expected to become a reference city for the world. This city will serve as an example of how technology can enhance the quality of life for its citizens and achieve sustainable development.

Currently, IKN is indeed one of the national strategic projects being developed by the Government. With the concept of a smart city, IKN is targeted to improve the quality of life for its citizens and enhance Indonesia’s competitiveness on the international stage.


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