Democratic Resilience\ Digital and Media Literacy Short Term Award

Democratic Resilience – Digital and Media Literacy Short Term Award

Background

The course is designed for up to 25 Indonesian policy makers, journalists, social media content developers and producers, youth leaders and faith-based organization leaders who work in media and digital literacy focusing on enhancing democratic resilience by working collaboratively and strategically to increase digital literacy, decrease tensions between groups, and promote pluralism and tolerance in digital media. As part of the program, the participants will have the opportunity to meet and develop cooperation with Australian government agencies and private agencies, associations and/or independent think tanks in the sectors.

The course benchmarks success stories in channeling social media towards positive change and explores data about internet and social media use that can inform the development of evidence-based policies. The course exchanges ideas about developing democratic resilience by digital and media literacy programs and connects Indonesian experts and agencies with their Australian counterparts.

This course focuses on countering misinformation/disinformation and promoting pluralism and tolerance through media and digital platforms. The course is targeted to relevant agencies and organisations such as the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo), Ministry of Youth and Sport (Kemenpora), the Press Council, journalists, youth-focused CSOs, online communities, online platforms and faith-based organisations (see the participant profile below for details).

Several initiatives have been introduced in Indonesia to empower civil society to deter political and religious misinformation and disinformation in traditional and digital media. Kominfo has revised regulations to respond to rapid changes in digital communication, including the Information and Electronic Transaction (UU ITE) regulations and other regulations regarding personal data protection, distribution of fake news, defamation in media, provocative comments and hate speech. Kominfo has also established a National Digital Literacy Movement (Gerakan Nasional Literasi Digital) to educate people about the freedom of speech and ethical aspects related to posting content online and to avoid hoax news and hate speech. Kominfo has also strengthened the Cyber Drone 9 team to ensure a safe and peaceful presidential election in April 2019.

Related: Australia Awards for Master and Doctoral Programmes

This course aims at assisting Indonesian policy makers, leaders, journalists, social media and online content developers and producers, and online platforms with in-app news features to enhance democratic resilience by working collaboratively and strategically to prevent disinformation, reduce misinformation, decrease tensions between groups, and promote pluralism and tolerance in digital media. The objective is to discuss and benchmark success stories in channeling social media towards positive change. The course will also explore data about internet and social media use that can inform the development of evidence-based policies. An important aspect of the course is to provide relevant practical examples internationally of developing democratic resilience by digital and media literacy programs and to connect Indonesian experts and agencies with their Australian counterparts.

Participants

Australia Awards in Indonesia will invite nominations from the following organizations: i) Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, ii) Ministry of Youth and Sport, iii) Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), iv) Ministry of Education (Directorate for Family Development), v) Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, vi) Indonesia’s creative economy agency (BEKRAF), vii) Youth-focused CSO, viii) Faith-based organizations, ix) The Press Council, x) Journalists, xi) AJI – Alliance of Independent Journalists, xii) Digital platforms and online communities, xiii) Indonesian National Police, Cybercrime unit.

To be selected for this course you must:

  • Be at professional or middle-management level working in a relevant field with minimum four years’ experience at Ministry of Information, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, BEKRAF, Bappenas, Ministry of Education, Indonesian National Police, Youth-focused CSOs and faith-based organisation, The Press Council, Journalists, AJI – Alliance of Independent Journalists, Digital Platforms and online communities
  • Experience with digital media literacy, operations or policy making in digital media areas
  • Have diploma (D3) qualification or higher
  • Be committed to prepare and implement an Award Project as part of the course
  • Be endorsed by current supervisor
  • Be committed to engage actively and foster networks with multiple stakeholders, including in Australia
  • Be committed to disseminate learning from the course with colleagues and peers.
  • be an Indonesian citizen and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from Indonesia;
  • be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the STA;
  • not have Australian permanent residence status or be applying for permanent residency;
  • not be current serving military personnel;
  • not be married or engaged to, or be a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency at any stage of the application, selection, mobilisation processes or while on-scholarship in Australia;
  • have been working in Indonesia and in an area relevant to the STA preceding the date of the proposed commencement of the STA;
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a visa;
  • be able to participate in the nominated STA activities at the time and for the duration proposed by Australia Awards;
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for a DFAT student visa;
  • satisfy Australian Government requirements for international student entry to Australia (health, character etc); and
  • be able to travel without family members as DFAT will only fund and provide visa support letters for individual participants, not their family members.

There is no English language proficiency requirement; however, the candidates are asked to provide proof of attendance or certificate of international conference, result of English course etc. (where available).

Applicants are expected to have reasonable professional working proficiency in English. The applicants’ English language competency is part of the selection process. The assessment of language competency is based on a phone interview and any additional evidence provided by the applicant (proof of studies or living in an English-speaking country, working in an English-speaking environment, completion of studies in English, language courses or language tests).

Democratic Resilience\ Digital and Media Literacy Short Term Award

Women and people with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Participants will be identified through a competitive process whereby applicants fill in an online application form. Participants will be asked around their role relevancy, experience in relevant field, career objectives, and course implementation plan. Participants will also be required to introduce an Award Project topic as part of the application. The application will be reviewed by Australia Awards in Indonesia and the Australian Embassy to explore motivation and other demonstrated competencies to ensure commitment and interest in the study program.

This is a fully funded scholarship. All course fees, travel, accommodation and per diems will be provided by Australia Awards.

Australia Awards in Indonesia will cover Course fee, In-Indonesia Pre-Course and Post-Course Workshop including mobilisation cost and per-diem during the workshops, accommodation (in Indonesia and Australia program), return airfare (domestic and international), insurance (domestic and international), transportation allowance and visa.

All applications MUST be submitted before Sunday, 9 June 2019 via https://www.australiaawardsindonesia.org/id/digitalandmedialiteracy

Key Dates and Locations:

The award will be delivered over a 2-week period in Australia. The program is divided into three parts: pre-course workshop in Indonesia, in-Australia program and a post-course workshop. Attendance in the whole three parts of the course is compulsory.

  • Pre-course workshop in Indonesia: 6-8 August 2019
  • In-Australia course in Australia: 23 September – 4 October 2019 (departure from Jakarta on 20 September, return on 6 October)
  • Post-course workshop in Indonesia: 28-30 January 2020.

The majority of the in-Australia course takes place where the course provider is located but may include visits to other locations for meetings, site visits and networking events. The provider may wish to sub-contract a limited number of relevant modules of the course program to suitable organisations with Registered Training Organisation status. However, it is expected that the provider work with the sub-contractor to ensure modules are tailored to the participant profiles and the course context.

The Course Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ways to promote pluralism and tolerance in and through social media and address current issues of intolerance and radicalism in social media especially in youth groups reliant on social media information with limited media literacy skills
  • Identify ways to improve communities’ digital media and information literacy skills
  • Analyze the accuracy of data and validity of information – explore methods to counter disinformation and misinformation, such as investigative journalism, fact checking initiatives and activities and other ways to improve media credibility and better journalism
  • Understand the role of the government and relevant stakeholders i.e. professional organizations, youth leaders, online communities in improving democratic resilience through digital media (coordination, freedom of speech, freedom of information)
  • Provide exposure to initiatives, programs, policies and legislation to improve digital media and information literacy, promote pluralism and enhance tolerance in Australia, in the region and globally and share lessons learned
  • Explore data and research about internet and social media use that can inform evidence-based policy development
  • Discuss political challenges related to improving media literacy, promoting pluralism and enhancing tolerance
  • Understand strategic approaches to building a comprehensive integrated data system between government agencies.

To achieve these outcomes, the proposed short course offers a structured learning process for participants utilising a range of learning methodologies:

  • Classroom sessions, case studies
  • Discussion and planning sessions
  • Site visits (for instance to independent think tanks, fact checkers etc)
  • Simulations and roleplays
  • Networking events
  • The Award Project model used across all Australia Awards in Indonesia. Short Term Awards (participants develop a project, conduct required analyses, present the project plan at pre-course workshop, further develop the project during the in-Australia course and present the implemented project at the post-course workshop).

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