PUBLIC ACCESS TO INFORMATION & ICTs PHASE II REPORT Indonesia
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This report presents the research on public access to information and communication landscape in Indonesia. During recent years, a significant effort is being made to decrease the digital divide in Indonesian society. In other words, to improve access to information in entire Indonesian society especially for the underserved people. With support from the government, various Community Access Points (CAP) have been established in Indonesia. First in the group is Warintek (Information Technology Café) ansd was launched in 2001. Warintek is an effort to empower units of information, documentation, and library that is funded by the Department of Research and Technology (The Government of Indonesia). Many Warinteks have been funded by local government or by itself. When this report was written, 84 Warinteks had been opened. Second is the Warmasif (Information Society Café) that was launched in 2005. Every Warmasif was founded by collaboration between The Department of Communication and Information (Indonesian Government), PT, Indonesian Post Office, and local governments in every city. Up to now, there are 63 Warmasif venues established and each providing 3 primary services: 1) e-commerce for small-to-medium businesses, 2) e-library for students, teachers, and all society, 3) e-health information for all society. There are various underserved groups in Indonesia who would benefit directly from these venues. Some of these groups include housewives, the unemployed, those who have little or no formal education, and who have low income. 2 This study aims to explore existing and prospective Community Access Points (CAPs) in Indonesia and it evaluates them in terms of their potential and effectiveness to better serve the underserved. The first part of the report presents an overview and the methodology used to collect the data that makes up the core of the research. Following a general country assessment, the report offers a detailed analysis of the each of the venues chosen. In the final part are the concluding remarks and further recommendations.
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