Keynote: Audrey Tang, Open is a global citizen's responsibility

Session Description
As the youngest minister without portfolio in Taiwanese history, Tang was quoted as saying, “My existence is not to become a minister for a certain group, nor to broadcast government propaganda. Instead, it is to become a “channel” to allow greater combinations of intelligence and strength to come together.” In this session, Tang will talk about her legendary homeschooling experience. What are the achievements and challenges of the “g0v” (open government) project and vTaiwan initiative? Also, Tang will talk about her point of view on the UN’s SDGs, OER recommendations, and how a global citizen should respond to it.

JOIN the Keynote November 20 9:00-10:00 am Taiwan (GMT+8)

Meet the Keynote
Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s Digital Minister. Tang has served on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and K-12 curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project. When the COVID-19 broke out, Tang built more than 140 apps, including maps showing which pharmacies still had supplies, visualizations of how many masks had been distributed and where, and voice assistants for the visually impaired. Tang also pushed to release that data to the general public via an open API. In this time, Tang plays a big role in combating the coronavirus outbreak.

Tang is a Taiwanese free software programmer, who has been described as one of the “ten greats of Taiwanese computing personalities.” In August 2016, they were invited to join the Taiwan Executive Yuan as a minister without portfolio, making them the first transgender and the first non-binary official in the top executive cabinet. Tang has identified as “post-gender” and accepts “whatever pronoun people want to describe [them] with online.”

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