Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2015
This description of Harry Surjadi's work was prepared when Harry Surjadi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
Indigenous people living in remote areas can be marginalized by their lack of access to communication and information. At the same time, the government claims an inability to reach them. Harry Surjadi breaks through the barrier with his Information Broker program. Having developed a groundbreaking news channel using mobile and Frontline SMS texting, Harry has trained more than 500 indigenous people as journalists through this new platform of citizen journalism.
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