Hacking Democracy: Audrey Tang and the Reinvention of Taiwanese Politics

Participating in the Chinese World: Connected Young People
By Émilie Frenkiel

This article is devoted to Audrey Tang, who belongs to the young civic hacker group g0v and who became the minister in charge of digital affairs in Taiwan in October 2016. It investigates how digital participatory devices are designed in the Taiwanese context, which is at a crossroads of Western and Chinese influences and has been involved in a process of thorough political renewal since the student occupation of Parliament during the 2014 Sunflower Movement. The article examines the causes for this uncommon encounter between technical know-how, theoretical reflection, and political will.


  • taiwanese democracy
  • civic tech
  • online deliberation
  • youth participation
  • hacker
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