The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) promotes democracy, human rights, economic freedom, and curbing climate change. In Taiwan, the Global Innovation Hub of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom was established in 2021. The Hub focuses on “digital transformation” and “innovation for democracy”, aiming to support the Friedrich Naumann Foundation on its way to becoming a creative innovation platform for liberalism. The Global Innovation Hub works with The Open Culture Foundation (OCF) and other like-minded partners. Should you have questions or suggestions about our work, please contact us. You can also meet our team here.
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EU-Taiwan Relations: Struggles with Strategic Clarity and Mutual Trust
As EU-Taiwan relations gain momentum amid geopolitical concerns, recent statements by European leaders have raised questions about the consistency of their support. Such doubts could have consequences for regional stability and Taiwan’s resistance against China’s encroachment. Unity, clarity, and caution are crucial for a stronger partnership between EU actors and Taiwan.
Disfactory Project: How to Detect Illegal Factories by Open Source Technology and Crowdsourcing
The existence of illegal factories in agricultural lands has been a serious problem for environmental protection in Taiwan. However, CET, an active environmental NGO in Taiwan, and members of g0v, one of the biggest civic tech communities in Asia, co-created the Disfactory project as an effective solution. The story of Disfactory was featured in the 3rd episode of FNF Global Innovation Hub's Innovation for Democracy Cafe.
Innovation for Democracy Café: Special Episode on Innovation & Creativity
Sometimes, we have the best ideas when we least expect it. There’s value in the unexpected moments of inspiration, when an everyday life observation, a certain environment or conversation can lead to groundbreaking innovations. This is why, this special episode of the Innovation for Democracy Café focuses on the very essence of all best practice projects fostering freedom, democracy, and human rights: the creative process of how such innovative projects come into being.
Macron’s Major Mistakes
The messages of the French President at his visit to China are disastrous: On the one hand, he declares that it is not Europe’s business to get caught up in crises that are not ours. Secondly, that strategic autonomy requires that Europe should not be be a follower of America in case of a Taiwan crisis. Both messages were completely wrong-headed and betray liberal and democratic values. They damage transatlantic relations at a crucial time and seriously question the credibility of European leaders.
Our New Global Innovation Hub in Taipei
On March 21, 2023, the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom (FNF) inaugurated its "Global Innovation Hub" with a reception in Taipei. Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Germany’s Minister of Education and Research, was the guest of honour and opened the new Global Innovation Hub as a member FNF´s Board of Trustees. She was in Taiwan in her capacity as a Minister.
Thinking about Taiwan
In a global comparison, Taiwan is one of the top countries in the freedom ranking: The island has a free press, a freely debating parliament and the rule of law prevails. But it is precisely these democratic qualities that put the country under strong pressure. Xi Jinping, for example, has sharpened his rhetoric towards Taiwan in recent years, so the possible prospect of an attempted occupation is not so far-fetched. What matters now is that Taiwan develops an intelligent and successful defence strategy to fend off a possible Chinese attack.