Technology and Social Innovation: A Conversation With Taiwan's Digital Minister Audrey TangVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Thursday, March 25, 2021
7 p.m. Moderated Discussion
7:40 p.m. Audience Q&A — Questions welcome via YouTube Live or Facebook Live
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As countries around the world struggle to handle the coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan stands out as a relative success story with low numbers of locally transmitted cases and only seven deaths in the entire country. One year into the outbreak, Taiwan has fewer than 900 officially confirmed cases, of which a vast majority were imported rather than domestic. A key figure in Taiwan's response, digital minister Audrey Tang attributes the country's success in combating the pandemic to creative use of technology, social innovation, and cooperation throughout the society.
There are many lessons other countries can learn from Taiwan, beyond how to better prepare for the next pandemic or another global crisis. Taiwan's experience with social innovation can serve as an example in new possibilities in deploying "civic tech" to challenge disinformation, encourage trust in the government, and better organize public behavior.
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Join Asia Society for a conversation with Audrey Tang, Taiwan's Digital Minister, on the need for digital democracy and open government — and how those very concepts serve the social innovation that helped Taiwan combat the coronavirus.
Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s digital minister in charge of Social Innovation. Audrey is known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin. In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and the 12-year basic education curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project. In the private sector, Audrey worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design. In the social sector, Audrey actively contributes to g0v (“gov zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government.”
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