It is recognized that the function of science and technology (S&T) is not only for boosting the economic development in every country, but it also has a function for improving the quality of people’s life, national welfare and healthier environment. In this sense, spreading knowledge and public awareness of S&T has become a high priority, in order to introduce policies, innovation, new technologies, etc. S&T communication then has its place in the area of research and development, as a mediator and stand among scientists / engineers as well as to public in providing appropriate information through various channels. The advent of ICT provides wide range of possibilities on disseminating information, so that creative approaches using ICT applications are developed to attract segmented public in particular areas. The popularization of social media services are other recent addition to the means of communication with infinite resources from the internet. One of the ICT programs for public communication is the ICT Volunteers (Relawan TIK). The basic tasks of ICT volunteers are for education, for partnership, and for socialization and publication. The program is also a mediator in promoting S&T to public that shows interesting and engaging ways as well as creative, attractive and in a popular content. It copes with the change of a fast-changing world within provinces and districts. Besides, the promotion is applied through the local socio culture, which has already been familiar to public. That can be done through education and media. The ICT Volunteers includes collaborative efforts of academics, research and development (R&D) centers, private sectors, government / local governments, and communities. Therefore, for continuous operation and implementation, a collaboration should be made by two or more parties, depend upon the nature of core business has been implemented. The volunteers should set the target and analyze the local socio culture and the habit or behavior of the targeted group. The approach should already be familiar to them. It can be seen that new efforts and initiatives are taken in developing S&T communication, in order to build a better hub of change agent to support the urgent issues as well as the cutting edge of S&T. The ICT Volunteers have spread dramatically through out regions. It is hoped that the media for S&T communication is not only attractive but is urgently needed for local and global issues.

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The role of ICT volunteers in public communication of science and technology

Finarya Legoh   The Agency for Assessment & Application of Technology, Indonesia

It is recognized that the function of science and technology (S&T) is not only for boosting the economic development in every country, but it also has a function for improving the quality of people’s life, national welfare and healthier environment. In this sense, spreading knowledge and public awareness of S&T has become a high priority, in order to introduce policies, innovation, new technologies, etc. S&T communication then has its place in the area of research and development, as a mediator and stand among scientists / engineers as well as to public in providing appropriate information through various channels. The advent of ICT provides wide range of possibilities on disseminating information, so that creative approaches using ICT applications are developed to attract segmented public in particular areas. The popularization of social media services are other recent addition to the means of communication with infinite resources from the internet. One of the ICT programs for public communication is the ICT Volunteers (Relawan TIK). The basic tasks of ICT volunteers are for education, for partnership, and for socialization and publication. The program is also a mediator in promoting S&T to public that shows interesting and engaging ways as well as creative, attractive and in a popular content. It copes with the change of a fast-changing world within provinces and districts. Besides, the promotion is applied through the local socio culture, which has already been familiar to public. That can be done through education and media. The ICT Volunteers includes collaborative efforts of academics, research and development (R&D) centers, private sectors, government / local governments, and communities. Therefore, for continuous operation and implementation, a collaboration should be made by two or more parties, depend upon the nature of core business has been implemented. The volunteers should set the target and analyze the local socio culture and the habit or behavior of the targeted group. The approach should already be familiar to them. It can be seen that new efforts and initiatives are taken in developing S&T communication, in order to build a better hub of change agent to support the urgent issues as well as the cutting edge of S&T. The ICT Volunteers have spread dramatically through out regions. It is hoped that the media for S&T communication is not only attractive but is urgently needed for local and global issues.

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