Audrey Tang, Digital Minister Taiwan
RSA’s Bridges to the Future podcast (25 min)
software programmer, dropped out of junior high school to start his own start up,
serial entrepreneur, retired at 33, conservative anarchist, currently Taiwan’s ,digital minister’, first transgender official in Taiwan’s cabinet, in charge of social innovation
// CB notes
everybody who uses a credit card / debit card up to 3.000 Taiwan dollars (80 pounds)
to spend it in a way that is not e-commerce
gets it back one week later from the cash machine
The pandemic is a great amplifier.
We will be much more empowered to solve world issues together.
we (Taiwan) are 2 months before
happy to work together
fast, fair, fun
fast: we had tests from 1st Jan for people coming from Wuhan, we are prepared since 2003 (SARS)
fair: masks for everybody, standard and special. basic supply free, extra supply at fair costs and certain quantity per person/household guaranteed
fun: humor vs rumor – fun clarification gets even more viral than conspirancy theories
open governance – people participating.
daily press conferences at 2.00 p.m., everybody can call in.
talking to each other
In contrast to the stern public health warnings in China, Tang said that embracing levity has allowed Taiwan to address other social issues stemming from the pandemic. For example, after reports surfaced that some boys were bullied in school for wearing pink face masks (one called in at daily press conference), Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center showed up wearing pink surgical masks at a press briefing. ,[They made] sure everybody learned about gender mainstreaming,’ said Tang, who is also the first transgender official in Taiwan’s cabinet.
Every time a hoax surfaces on social media, Tang and her band of civic hackers unleash a joke containing the facts of the matter within two hours of spotting the post, based on the idea that since people like to share funny memes on social media, doing so allows the government to wrest control of the narrative. Tang also said that government agencies have employed professional comedians as ,engagement officers’ to help in the cause. If they miss the two-hour window, Tang’s team locates the perpetrators and recruits them as allies in Taiwan’s coronavirus effort.
Taiwan is a country that uses technology very extensively, but does it in a way which engages and empowers citizens as innovators and actors within the technological system
assistive intelligence, not artificial intelligence
live press conference
the mask is a social technology
as a social signal statement saying
I am not touching my face
I am washing my hands
The role of the state will be much larger and more significant during the period of recovery. It’s about blurring the boundary between governmental action and civil action. To dissolve the state by becoming part of the social sector.
simple reflecting to the civics sectors what the social innovators do
no need of criminal penalty for not washing your hands
state is part of social sector
if we exercise no cohersive action
we never declared a state of emergency
the constitutional democracy is intact
CCC (Krisensteuerungsboard) has 94% of approval rating
// humor as a tool against coronavirus hoaxes