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Taiwans way to a vibrant participatory and digital democracyLink zur Session
Over the past decade, Taiwan has developed into one of the most innovative participatory democracies on the planet, particularly through the use of digital tools. How did Taiwan get there? How does participation in Taiwan work, what makes it so successful and what can other countries, particularly in Europe, learn from it?
This session will discuss these questions in the context of Taiwan’s rich and active civil society, its specific “failure culture”, where innovation is encouraged and failure is a normal part of the process, its openness to different technical solutions, and the unique connection between government, citizens, and civil society, among other aspects.
All four panelists have closely monitored and are directly involved in Taiwan’s digital participation system. Billion Lee is the cofounder of Taiwan’s citizens’ based fact-checking community cofacts. Peter and Sam Robbins reside in Taiwan, are actively involved in its g0v movement, and regularly publish on democracy and participation in Taiwan through various outlets such as Taiwan Insight. Bruno Kaufmann has visited Taiwan as a Global Democracy correspondent for the Swiss Broadcasting Company more than 20 times over the past 20 years and publishes regularly on its democratic development.
Billion Lee (cofacts)
Sam Robbis (Taiwan Insight, g0v)
Jia-wei Cui (Peter) (Taiwan Foundation of Democracy, g0v)
Bruno Kaufmann (Swiss Broadcasting Company)
Stefan Roch (Bertelsmann Stiftung)