Audrey Tang is listed number 3 in the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government in 2019.
Audrey was named a minister without portfolio in August 2016. She took office as the “Digital Minister” on October 1, and was placed in charge of helping government agencies communicate policy goals and managing information published by the government, both via digital means.
She is a software developer and entrepreneur: she dropped out of school at age 12 to focus on coding, and founded a search engine company before she was 15. She is now helping Taiwan in its bid to become an Asian Silicon Valley by devising and implementing a strategy to create ‘digital Taiwan’. She led the country’s first e-rulemaking project, works as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design. Also, Audrey actively contributes to Taiwan’s g0v (‘gov-zero’), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government”.