Major multinationals are engaging in research and training programs in Taiwan. How can Taiwan’s highly successful – but low margin – contract electronics manufacturing prowess be leveraged to create innovative brand leaders as higher-margin “internet of things” (IoT) businesses? That is the ambitious task given to the government’s Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency (ASVDA) as…

Declaring that “information security is national security,” President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration has made considerable progress fulfilling promises to beef up Taiwan’s cybersecurity defenses as well as to spur development of the home-grown cybersecurity sector. A Department of Cybersecurity was established in 2016 as an official unit under the Executive Yuan, upgraded from its previous incarnation…

“White hat” hackers and cyber-cops fight crime in Taiwan’s heavily attacked cyberspace. Cybercrime is a growing problem in Taiwan and around the world, cybersecurity experts and law enforcement officers agree. “It’s absolutely on the rise because everything is connected to the internet – you can shop online, can do anything,” says Wu Fu-mei, acting director…

The episode revealed deep-seated problems in the defense-contracting process. In February, Kaohsiung prosecutors indicted four executives and one consultant of the Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co., charging them with fraud, breach of trust, and violation of banking laws. If convicted, the defendants could face prison sentences ranging from 20 to 30 years, although the prosecution has…