[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
Conversation with Minister Audrey Tang

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  • Speaker: Audrey TANG (Taiwan’s Digital Minister)
  • Moderator: Aiko DODEN (Special Affairs Commentator, NHK World TV, Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Date: Friday, January 15, 2021, 5:30–6:30 pm (JST)
  • Venue: Online
  • Co-organized by: Asia Society Japan Center, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting, Shahani Associates Limited
  • Supported by: Japan Foundation Asia Center, MRA Foundation, Tanaka UK Japan Educational Foundation
  • Language: English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free 

In a joint effort with partner organizations, I-House will hold a new webinar series inviting leaders from the Indo-Pacific region as speakers starting in January 2021, and Taiwan’s digital minister Audrey Tang will be taking the platform in this upcoming session—with themes on governance, education, and technology/creativity as seen in the Covid-19 era.

Recording of the livestream

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Audrey TANG (Taiwan’s Digital Minister)

photo: TangAudrey Tang is Taiwan’s digital minister in charge of social innovation. She is known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin. In the public sector, she has served on the Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and the 12-year basic education curriculum committee, and has also led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project. In the private sector, Tang has a track record of working as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design. In the social sector, she has actively contributed to g0v (“gov zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for civil society, with the call to “fork the government.”
Aiko DODEN (Special Affairs Commentator, NHK World TV, Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

photo: DodenAiko Doden has expertise in reporting on a wide range of global issues from hard security to human security. As a commentator, she covers Southeast Asia, Japan-US relations and Japan’s foreign policy. Doden is a popular face on TV, having anchored key news programs such as NHK Good Morning Japan, NHK News at 9 PM, NHK World Network, and NHK Asian Voices. She was a correspondent based in Thailand extensively covering ASEAN countries. She holds an MA from Columbia University and translated I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World into Japanese (Iwanami Shoten, 2014). She has served as Trustee at the International House of Japan since 2018.


*The webinar series Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacificlaunched in January 2021 is conducted with the aim to “contribute actively to future peace and coexistence in the Indo-Pacific by strengthening networks in the region.” Since Covid-19 became a global pandemic, there has been a concern that the continuing restrictions on the movement of individuals may strengthen the global trends of anti-globalism, nationalism, and racism, which can result in a growing sense of division among people. Cooperation and solidarity across Asia as a whole are all the more important in order for us to recreate a world that instead connects people. In this webinar series, we will invite leaders and experts from the Indo-Pacific region as speakers to share knowledge and insights with others and to examine the current challenges accentuated by Covid-19 through various perspectives such as governance, education, diversity, the smart city, and architecture. From there we will explore how we can cooperate and stand together in these unprecedented times.