How Open Source Communities Being Politicized to Change Civil Participation — from Taiwan Experience


The new information technology, especially Internet, has created new forms of civil participation. Moreover, the wide use of Internet in public discourse has empowered software engineers the power of discourse. Some software engineers brought in open source software spirit into political practice, asking for transparency, participation and collaboration. From’s experiments in Taiwan, engineers successfully demonstrated how open collaboration and decentralized communities work and implemented in civil society. They started from building digital tools to redesigning a more open civil participation, and integrated other civil society organizations and a wide range of citizens. By technology. experiments new forms of public-private collaboration and direct democracy. Whether the model of can run in other countries is still unknown.


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Yun Chen

Yun Chen


Nobody in, PM of Caring #civictech #opengov #socialdesign. Now researching on Internet and open democracy.