EXCLUSIVE | ‘Fast, fair and fun’: Taiwan’s digital minister shares mantra to fight coronavirus, World News


Despite threats on many fronts, Taiwan’s success in tackling the coronavirus is well known and widely hailed. In an exclusive curation with WION Editor-in-Chief Palki Sharma, Taiwan’s Digital Minister and Transgender World Premier Audrey Tang shared her insights not only on Taiwan’s fight against COVID-19, but on a a number of issues, including the Chinese aggression and the ban on Chinese apps. by India.

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Taiwan has also been described as having found a “hack” to the pandemic and Audrey decoded the region’s success mantra in tackling the deadly virus, “First of all, we trusted the citizens, this is the most important part, then comes the technology and also the medicine masks ”.

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“I think there are three pillars for rolling out social innovation and it’s fast, fair and fun.”

Explaining the three “pillars,” the Taiwanese minister said they started preparing for COVID-19 in December when Chinese doctor Li Wenliang first informed about the novel coronavirus, which was notoriously ignored by China. He said that since early January, Taiwan has started inspecting flights from Taiwan to China.

Audrey also explained the “fun” part of the Taiwanese model in which they took the help of innovative memes and other posters to encourage people to wear masks and prevent themselves from contracting the disease.

Asked how Taiwan has helped governments without help from the World Health Organization (WHO), the digital minister said: “Just before the World Health Assembly we had our own digital assembly pre-WHA we shared this playbook also called Taiwan model which you can read about. “

He further added that countries including the United States have shown interest in Taiwan’s model for controlling the pandemic and have started their own ministry-to-ministry conversation despite the lack of access. by WHO.

Audrey also expressed concern about the security and privacy issues countries face due to Chinese apps and said Taiwan is also working on the Basic Data Independence Act which they hope to pass soon.

Reacting to India’s decision to ban Chinese apps, the digital minister said, “We have a lot to learn from India on how to conduct such (privacy) assessments” foreign software.

On the issue of fake news posted on social networks, Audrey offered two solutions.

“Social media doesn’t have to be anti-social,” he said, explaining how some websites are used to learn new ideas and innovate.

He also said that Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites are not just filled with “outrage” and “division”

“We always see cute cats and dogs,” he said, suggesting that “humor” should counter the “rumor” spreading on these platforms.

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