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”, the hub aims 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.
Taiwan can be East Asia’s New Internet and Data Hub
In the second half of April, Taiwan scored two major wins in consolidating its regional and global positions in digital future and data trade. This could enable Taiwan to become Asia’s new Internet and Data Hub. Charles Mok analyzes for FNF Global Innovation hub what Taiwan needs to do to achieve that goal
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Innovation for Democracy Café – Conversations on How Technology Can Be a Force for Democracy
20th of April marked the launch of the first Innovation for Democracy Café with Ya-wei Chou being joined by two guests; Ms. Adriana Groh, Project Lead of The New Hanse, and Ms. Hung-wen Tseng, Green Citizens' Action Alliance (GCAA) Deputy Secretary-General. The online webinar discussed “How Can Open Data and Civic Tech Facilitate Initiatives of Civil Society”
Thaubing Footprint: A New Sustainability Movement Based on Open Data
Taiwan’s GCAA leveraged the power of civil society and Taiwan’s vibrant civic tech community to create the wildly successful website “Thaubing Footprint” that monitors pollution and that is based on open data. Hung-wen Tseng explains how GCAA achieved that, and shares her recipes for innovation with FNF Global Innovation Hub. Register for Innovation for Democracy Café on April 20, UTC 9am to learn more about this project!
Can Democracies Counter China with Sanctions?
Authoritarianism is on the rise around the world. In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, democracies around the world have imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia that are severely damaging the Russian economy. But this strategy has yet to succeed in halting Russia’s aggression, and it seems even more unlikely to succeed against China. How should democracies respond?
ICANN rejects Ukraine’s request to block Russian Internet domains
Requests to shut down the internet or individual platforms regularly sound tempting. However, just as regularly, they must be urgently curbed. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has made the right move by rejecting the wish to exclude Russia from the Internet. Internet governance must be of greater interest to liberal democracies in the future.
The Making of China’s Future Internet
As U.S.-China technology competition heats up and China increasingly cracks down on its own digital sectors, there has been growing efforts to understand the seemingly unending array of announcements of new digital legislations and regulations. Charles Mok analyzes for FNF's Global Innovation Hub how China plans to dominate Digital Economy by Xi Jinping Thought, and what China plans for the future of the internet.