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The ‘peer-to-peer democracy’ of Audrey Tang

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Report. Taiwan’s Digital Minister is a proponent of ‘reality hacking,’ which seeks to change the real and virtual worlds by applying technological upgrades to democratic institutions.

written by Simone Pieranni

November 19, 2019

A hacker, a transgender person and Taiwan’s Digital Minister since 2016 (a minister without portfolio), Audrey Tang has been included among the 10 most influential people in the world of digital government. She is a former Apple consultant and the manager of innovative platforms that are part of what she has recently called “crowdsourced democracy” in Taiwan.

Recently she held a guest talk (via video linkup) at John Cabot University in Rome as part of a series of meetings organized by the Department of Communications and Media Studies. (Up next in the series is Shu Lea Cheang, a Taiwan-based artist who has collaborated with Paul B. Preciado at the Biennale in Venice and Tang herself.)

A quick and straightforward speaker, Tang appeared on a screen that also displayed the questions from which she introduced her many arguments about transparency and programs to make administrations more receptive and functional. Afterward, she answered live questions from........

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