Audrey Tang shared her thoughts with Taiwan Business TOPICS on the intersection between technology and governance.  In Taiwan, there is no official government title of “Digital Minister,” yet that is what is engraved on the plaque on the wall adjoining Audrey Tang’s office in the Executive Yuan. In fact, as she tells Taiwan Business TOPICS,…

What a “Digital Ministry” Could Mean for Taiwan

While plans for new digital agency are still being deliberated, both government insiders and industry players are weighing in on what form it should take and what its mandate should be. For an economy as heavily dependent on technology as Taiwan’s, fostering digital and technological transformation is increasingly vital. The government’s plans to establish a…

In recent years, the phenomenon of misinformation online has gained much attention, and has seriously endangered the quality of public discourse about important events occurring around the world. As a result, users of popular social media platforms need to develop a high degree of digital literacy to help them think critically and identify information that…

Amended transportation regulations could cripple the ride-hailing giant’s Taiwan business, sending a worrying message about the investment climate. Uber has struggled in East Asia. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing giant burned through billions of dollars battling China’s Didi Chuxing before bowing out of the Chinese market in 2016. It never gained a foothold in Japan or…

The home-sharing company’s business has grown steadily while it has largely dodged penalties for hosting unlicensed properties on its platform.  For years, Airbnb and Taiwanese regulators have been playing a cat-and-mouse game. Local regulations limit short-stay accommodation rentals to licensed hotels or inns, but most Taiwan properties listed on the home-sharing platform do not meet…

To become Asia’s blockchain hub, Taiwan will need to overcome bureaucratic inertia and stiff competition from Singapore and Hong Kong.  Cryptocurrency is dead. Long live blockchain. That’s the growing consensus among all but the most ardent crypto bulls as governments move to crimp virtual currency but explore uses for its underlying distributed ledger technology. Bitcoin,…

Taiwan foresees heightened business opportunities, especially in areas related to the digital economy, green energy, and the biomedical sector. The annual Taiwan Business Alliance Conference organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is an effort to stimulate interest in investing in Taiwan among foreign and overseas Chinese enterprises. The 2017 Conference, held October 6…