A large segment of the population still lags behind when it comes to digital literacy
In the new normal, many of our activities have moved online. In some ways, this has forced us to become more efficient, cutting out long commutes, or inefficient face-to-face meetings. It has also forced many to rapidly adapt to a digital way of doing things, including working through Zoom, email, instant messaging, and various other apps.
The trouble is, though, that a large segment of the population still lags behind when it comes to digital literacy. This is particularly true for older groups, who naturally find it harder to learn the new methods and all the intricacies involved in effectively using new technology.
But digitally literate we must become, and along with that, we must all become vigilant against cyber crimes, and gain some basic grounding of digital security.
It is good to see that these issues were brought up at a webinar organized by rights organization ARTICLE 19, touching upon important issues such as cyber security, extremism, and the dark web.
Although the focus was mostly on crime and security in cyberspace, we must bear in mind that digital literacy is a much broader issue, which, in today’s world, along with reading, writing, and arithmetic, is becoming an indispensable life skill. As such, these skills should be taught early, and integrated into the school curriculum.
Bangladesh has long been on a mission to become a truly digital Bangladesh, but the fact remains, in spite of great strides in terms of mobile phone penetration and the spread of various mobile services, there is a long way to go in terms of basic digital literacy and proper smartphone usage.
Investing in tech or internet connectivity will only go so far if people are not educated in properly using them.