Taiwan launches new Internet policies

Taiwan launches new Internet policies
Premier Mao Chi-kuo referred to statistics released by the Ministry of Labor this year, which showed that the nation's workforce would shrink by 180,000 people per year due to the aging society.

The Executive Yuan's Board of Science and Technology yesterday announced a set of new Internet policies aimed at bridging the gap between the government and citizens in an attempt to better understand the people's opinions.

Centred on Internet communication and reformed governing, the board calls its three main goals the "three arrows," which are "concept communicating, actualization and governing with foresight."

The new policies are part of new Premier Mao Chi-kuo's proposal to strengthen the connection between the actual world and the Internet world.

The government will be providing via open data dynamic information that is efficiently updated, allowing citizens to add value in exchange for the information; also, a communication platform will be launched to allow citizens to submit their opinions.

The Cabinet plans to raise policy efficiency through the Internet by starting meetings on innovative business startups, integrating resources about social innovation, eco-environment innovation, international connection, law adjustments and industry-education collaboration platforms.

The government is looking to gather the strengths of the people and launching a crowd-sourcing information platform or an application for hand-held devices, giving the public an opportunity to solve challenging issues. A reward will be given to the citizen with the best proposal.

The Cabinet will also be evaluating its policy effects by data analysing.

Netizens Suggest Government Use PTT

Following the Cabinet's weekly meeting, Minister without Portfolio Duh Tzyy-jiun explained that the government will be attempting to communicate with the people through effective measures, especially by strengthening communication in the Internet world through technology.

"Real life policies will see their Internet counterparts appear," said Duh.

While the meeting was underway, netizens left a message on the "Cabinet Camera" system, asking government officials to use the PTT bulletin board system on a frequent basis, and setting up Facebook accounts instead of constructing new platforms.

Facebook Not Efficient Enough: Spokesman

It would be up to the ranking officials to decide whether social media accounts are necessary, said Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun.

"But if Facebook was considered equal to Internet communication, it is simply not enough. The administrative departments have been looking for information on PTT each day as well."

In response to netizens' calls for Mao to communicate directly with them, Sun said that while the government lacks netizen communication, that does not indicate that officials have not been trying.

"When we formed the Executive Yuan's Youth Consultant Group, we exerted a lot of effort asking netizen representatives to join us ... it's not that we did not (communicate directly with the people), you probably did not participate," said Sun.

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