Policy making in the digital age


Policymaking in the Digital Age: Lessons from Taiwan

Hosted by the LSE IDEAS



Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang

Minister for Digital Affairs, Taiwan

Dr. Tristen Naylor

Dr. Tristen Naylor

Assistant Professor, University of Cambridge and Deputy Director of the G20 Research Group in London


Professor Chris Alden

Professor Chris Alden

Director of LSE IDEAS

Join us as we host Audrey Tang, Taiwan's Minister of Digital Affairs, for an engaging and enlightening event as we delve into the fascinating realm of digital policymaking, international cooperation, and the future of democracy in the digital age. Our event will be a platform for learning about the work of Taiwan’s Digital Ministry and its international dimension.

This includes insights into the background of the Digital Ministry and the drivers of its establishment, how it works in conjunction with the Foreign Ministry, and the international initiatives and cooperative efforts that the Digital Ministry participates in. Minister Audrey Tang will also speak about how Taiwan has approached relevant policy issues regarding technology and used its expertise to learn from and build upon the experiences of other countries at digitally driven civic participation - all of which increases Taiwan’s international stature.

This will be followed by a brief introduction by Dr. Tristen Naylor from the University of Cambridge on the changing nature of international cooperation and how it might evolve as the world advances further into the digital age. Dr. Naylor will then join the minister in a discussion about the impact of digital technologies on the evolving nature of policymaking, international cooperation and what these ultimately mean for Taiwan’s international stature, its people, and its partners.

Meet the speakers and chair

Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s digital minister in charge of moda (Ministry of Digital Affairs). 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."

Dr Tristen Naylor is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Cambridge. His work focuses on questions about international status and global governance.

Chris Alden is Professor of International Relations at LSE and is Director of LSE IDEAS. 

More information about the event

This event is hosted by LSE IDEAS

LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is LSE's foreign policy think tank. Through sustained engagement with policymakers and opinion-formers, IDEAS provides a forum that informs policy debate and connects academic research with the practice of diplomacy and strategy.

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