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Audrey Tang        

Digital Minister of Taiwan; Free Software Programmer

Audrey Tang is a software programmer known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell and for building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin. In 2016, she became Taiwan’s youngest ever government minister at the age of 35. As the digital minister of Taiwan, Tang is in charge of helping government agencies communicate policy goals and managing information published by the government, both via digital means.

Tang served on Taiwan's National Development Council's Open Data committee and K-12 curriculum committee, and she led the country's first e-Rulemaking project. She has also worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography and with Socialtext on social interaction design. She actively contributes to g0v ("gov zero"), a vibrant community that focuses on creating tools for the civil society with the call to "fork the government."

Audrey Tang made the 2019 list of 100 global thinkers published by Foreign Policy magazine. She has leapt into prominence in Japan for creating an app that combats coronavirus by showing face mask inventory levels at a glance. Recently she has wowed Japan and the rest of the world with her leadership on the coronavirus crisis.

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Audrey Tang: Taiwan's transgender digital minister
Taiwan's digital minister Audrey Tang is the world's first openly transgender cabinet member and has blazed a trail ever since she quit school aged 14.
Opinion | A Strong Democracy Is a Digital Democracy - The New ...
A Strong Democracy Is a Digital Democracy. By Audrey Tang. Oct. 15, 2019.

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