Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

How will the future unfold? What is the impact of technology on business & society? As technology reorders the world in which live, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Join Azeem Azhar, curator of the Exponential View newsletter, in deep conversation with the world's leading thinkers and practitioners exploring these and other important questions. The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.



episode 2: How Taiwan is Using Technology to Foster Democracy (with Digital Minister Audrey Tang)

“Democracy is a technology. Like any […] technology, it gets better when more people strive to improve it,” says Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s first digital minister. Minister Tang joins Azeem Azhar to discuss how the Taiwanese Government is using the Internet as a space for civic participation, dialogue, and consensus building.

They also discuss:

  • How the open Internet helped Taiwan proactively tackle the Covid-19 outbreak at the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Algorithmic co-governance, and how it can keep social media platforms in check.
  • How the values of radical transparency and digital openness shape new forms of decision-making.

Further reading:

  • “How Taiwan’s Unlikely Digital Minister Hacked the Pandemic” (Wired, 2020)
  • “How Taiwan’s ‘Civic Hackers’ Helped Find A New Way to Run a Country” (The Guardian, 2020)
  • “The simple but ingenious system Taiwan uses to crowdsource its laws” (Technology Review, 2018)


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