The success of Taiwan’s initial response to COVID-19 holds important lessons, not just for effective public health governance, but also for wider complex questions around the relationship between technology and democracy.

Over recent years, Taiwan has developed one of the world’s most vibrant political cultures by making the best use of the best use of technology. Bottom-up information sharing, public-private partnerships, 'hacktivism' and participatory collective action have all been central to the country’s success in coordinating a consensual and transparent set of responses to the ongoing pandemic.

Taiwan’s digital minister, Audrey Tang, has been at the forefront of this transformation, working closely with entrepreneurs and hacktivists to rapidly produce a range of maps and applications to help tackle the crisis. At this event, she talks about Taiwan digital response to the crisis and the lessons it holds for the value of civic technology.

This event is part of Chatham House’s Digital Society Initiative (DSI) which brings together policy and technology communities to help forge a common understanding and jointly address the challenges that rapid advances in technology are causing domestic and international politics.


Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, Taiwan
Marjorie Buchser, Executive Director, Digital Society Initiative, Chatham House
Hans Kundnani, Senior Research Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director and Chief Executive, Chatham House