An account of my experiences with Taiwan's civic tech community.
Lead-in: Puyuma Express derailment
- Story: driver was struggling with broken ATC
- Within 5 hours, disaster information centre was online, including:
- Blood donation centers and their status
- Search engine for hospitalized survivors
- Places to stay near hospitals so families could be with their loved ones recovering
- Translations of Mandarin-language material into English and Japanese
What parts of g0v culture need explaining?
- Leaderless decentralized culture
- Concept of the Nobody
What is g0v?
- Sunflower Movement
- NGO participation
- Ridesharing legislation
- National Treasures Project
- Marriage Equality
1021 Puyuma Incident
Campaign Finance Data
How do I help?
- Engineers: Plenty of code to fork
- Bilingual folks: Lots of translation required!
- Lawyers: Lots of folks need help understanding US law around Taiwan like the Taiwan Relations Act, Taiwan Travel Act, etc.
- Citizens: Get involved with public conversations
Questions for g0v Interview
- How do you think
It’s the tail-end of the first day of the g0v (pronounced gov-zero) summit in Taipei. The summit is this chaotic beauty of civic tech hackers and government workers from Taiwan, Japan to Singapore to the United States bonding over tea in-between speaker series by that are translated from Chinese to English by a team of huddled in a corner of each room.
At the centre of this? A team of volunteers scurrying around the conference floor, leading around speakers, translating in booths and all clad in the same shirt with a g0v logo and emblazoned with a single, confusing word:
I approach the summit information counter and ask one of the white-shirted ‘Nobodies’ in a shaky voice: “Excuse me: How exactly does one join g0v?”
She cocks her head to one-side and replies: “…How do you mean? You’re already in it. This is g0v.”
As I’d discover over the next couple of days, g0v