‘Civic hacker’ named as minister without portfolio

Audrey Tang , a self-styled "civic hacker" involved in several online projects on public participation in policy discussions, has been appointed as a minister without portfolio, Cabinet spokesman Tung Chen-yuan (???) said Thursday.

Tang, 35, will be in charge of issues pertaining to the digital economy and open government when she takes up the appointment Oct. 1, Tung said in a press briefing after the weekly Cabinet meeting.

After the appointment was announced, Tang said in a Facebook post that she will seek to share her Internet technology experience with public servants and create better dialogue between the government and the online community.

She said she already contributes to online government projects such as g0v (gov-zero), which seeks to improve transparency of government and public information, and vTaiwan, a platform that solicits public opinion on issues like online sale of alcohol and Uber's operations in Taiwan.

Information gathered on vTaiwan was incorporated into the amendments to the Company Act that were passed in 2015 to cover certain the types of company structure previously not regulated in Taiwan, Tang said.

Jamie Lin (???), founding partner of AppWorks, a venture capital fund in tech startups, said he welcomed Tang's appointment, as she brings to the table experience in the development of online products and in working with other developers.

Source: Focus Taiwan