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The Atlantic Council’s Asia Security Initiative presents an inside look at Taiwan’s effective response to COVID-19, featuring Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang in conversation with Foreign Policy‘s Amy Mackinnon.
This virtual event will take place from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
H.E. Audrey Tang
Ms. Amy Mackinnon
As the worldwide number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, the international community is seeking to learn from those on the front lines of the early crisis in order to develop a coordinated global response to the ongoing pandemic. To this end, Taiwan presents a clear success story that can offer a number of insights and lessons learned to the international community.
In particular, Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang has emerged as a key figure in her government’s response to COVID-19. Using her technological expertise, she launched the Face Mask Map, a joint initiative that brought together the government, software engineers, and civic hackers to provide an innovative technological solution to the pressing challenge of effectively allocating face masks across communities in Taiwan. Her actions have been lauded for maintaining government transparency, empowering grassroots movements, and diminishing the overall impacts of COVID-19.
This event will seek to address a range of topics relevant to Taiwan’s experience with COVID-19, including lessons learned from Taiwan’s effective response measures, US-Taiwan cooperation towards enhancing the core strengths of democracies in coordinating an effective global response, Taiwan’s global aid efforts in the context of US-China great power competition, calls for Taiwan’s inclusion in the World Health Organization, as well as misinformation and disinformation surrounding the pandemic.