Audrey Tang is a hacker turned activist turned minister in the Taiwanese government who has become a messenger of Taiwan’s “radically transparent” “digital democracy.” Tang helped the Taiwanese government find middle ground between the internet and personal privacy and between corporate interests and the welfare state. As the Covid-19 pandemic emerged in Asia, Tang became involved in Taiwan’s response. She said Taiwan’s containment method involved “a deep but very narrow and time-limited privacy infringement: You either, when flying back, go to the quarantine hotel for 14 days, or you can choose the digital fence,” i.e. submit to digital tracking. This is one example of many instances where Tang has threaded the needle to find a compromise on important issues.

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