BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – The ASEAN Digital Literacy Programme (ASEAN DLP), an initiative aimed at promoting digital literacy and countering online disinformation, continued its series of outreach on June 7 and 8 at the Brunei Muara District Office and Tutong Civic Centre, respectively.

The session brought together more than 200 grassroots leaders and government officials in a concerted effort to address the challenges posed by fake news and misinformation.

Delivered by the ASEAN Foundation with support from, the ASEAN DLP seeks to equip individuals with the necessary skills needed to navigate the digital landscape and effectively counter misinformation and disinformation.

A member of the public during the Q&A portion of the ASEAN Digital Literacy Programme. Photo: The Scoop

By partnering with local implementing organisations in the ten ASEAN member states, the programme provides digital literacy training to youth, teachers, parents, community leaders, and government officials. In Brunei Darussalam, The Scoop and Big BWN Project proudly serve as the implementing partners.

This week’s sessions were conducted in collaboration with the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and featured experts from the ASEAN Foundation. They focused on raising awareness about digital literacy, fake news and disinformation in the media, as well as enhancing cybersecurity knowledge.

It was also held in conjunction with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) themed “Empowering the Least Developed Countries through Information and Communication Technologies”.

The ASEAN Digital Literacy Programme aims to reach over 5,000 people in Brunei Darussalam, with a focus on underserved communities such as youth, the elderly, people with disabilities, and those living in rural areas.

So far, the programme has delivered impactful digital literacy knowledge to over 3,150 people in the sultanate including youth, elderly, teachers, government officials, and people with disabilities.

Across Southeast Asia, the ASEAN DLP has delivered a series of training-of-trainer workshops to equip over 1,000 master trainers with the right skills and materials to deliver digital literacy training to 100,000 people in the region.