In Conversation with Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s Digital Minister
Audrey Tang discusses how she became who she is and from a very young age completely absorbed in coding that when she connected with global software networks people didn’t realize she was nearly a child rather than a professional peer. Her favourite bureaucrat was her teacher who gave Audrey a free rein to miss school in order to ‘code, code and code’. Swiftly via launching several start-ups, her civic tech background and the rest is history – she became Taiwan’s Digital Minister, but a different kind of ministry. No big staff just a few hand picked members from every department who act as digital champions within their domain.
Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s digital minister in charge of social innovation. She has a unique career history: from school dropout to hacker to the world’s first transgender minister. A highly successful and respected software programmer, Audrey served on Taiwan’s National Development Council’s Open Data committee and K-12 curriculum committee, and she led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project. She has also worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography and with Socialtext on social interaction design. She is known around the globe for her contribution to g0v (“gov zero”), a vibrant community that focuses on creating tools for the civil society with the call to “fork the government.”