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Project Card | Open Government

Democracy OS

Democracy OSA democratic participation platform that allows policy discussions, voting simulations, and participatory budgeting

Developed by the Argentinian NGO "Democracia En Red”, Democracy OS is an app for democratic participation that aims to “democratize democracy”. The app allows users to engage in participatory budgeting, policy discussions, and voting simulations, as well as to express their opinions on certain policies and acquire additional information.

vTaiwan

vTaiwanA platform for the public to express their opinions on Taiwanese laws and policies and for the government to collate these opinions.

vTaiwan is a platform that allows the public to express their opinions on Taiwanese laws. Legislative and administrative bodies are required to collate the opinions recorded on this platform, include them in the discussion of the policy, and state how the policy reflects the opinion stated or why public opinion was not considered. The platform aims to offer an online open space where stakeholders of a policy can openly discuss with each other and present different points of views. This platform encourages deeper discussion of the topic and promote mutual understanding between civil society and the government.

Nullfull’s foodmap

Nullfull’s foodmapUsing open data to find out which restaurants South Korea's legislators are most likely to use national funding to patronize.

Nullfull’s foodmap uses open data to uncover which restaurants South Korea’s legislators are most likely to use national funding to patronize. Although under South Korea's Freedom of Information Act the public is able to request legislators to release data relating to their budgeting and donations, this information is often released in image files by the national assembly, making it difficult to actually use. Nullfull took this image data, input it into a google spreadsheet at a hackathon, and then used the data related to food to create a map of legislators’ favorite restaurants. Most of the restaurants were luxurious and expensive. To make more people aware of how the government was frivolously spending public money, Nullfull later decided to visit many of these restaurants and take pictures of the food to let Korean people see where their money was being spent.

Public Representative Voter Guide

Public Representative Voter Guide Digital Participatory Platform for Public Policy

In 2015, Taiwan’s National Development Council launched Join.gov.tw: a digiital public policy participatory platform. Through the platform, citizens are able to submit proposals regarding the policies or issues they care about. If their proposals receive 5000 supporters’ “yeses” in 60 days, authorities in charge are required to reply within 2 months. This platform thus has become a two-way communication channel between citizens and the government.

Get Taiwan in the OGP

Get Taiwan in the OGPOGP is an organization to fulfill open government, which is a set of international standards that aim to fulfill "transparency, participation, responsibility, and tolerance"

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) was founded in 2011 to advocate transparency, participation, responsability and tolerance. Although Taiwan is not a member of OGP, the Legislative Yuan and the Exectuive Yuan still developed the "Open Parliament Action Plan" and the "Open Government National Action Plan" respectively in accordance with OGP guidelines.

Bribery Map of Taiwan

Bribery Map of TaiwanThis system places confirmed cases of bribery on a map and allows users to see how much money their votes are worth

Developed by netizens on PTT, the Bribery Map of Taiwan was created by combining open data of confirmed bribery cases and Google Maps. The four maps collated by some netizens were later compiled by another netizen named Kiang. With his help, the Map which uncovers place where the bribery took place, what the offering for bribery was and how high the amount of the bribery was. The map allows users to see how much money their votes are worth.

Citizen Judges

Citizen JudgesCombining social expectations and legal expertise, the system allows citizens to get involved in court decisions.

Not only can openness be brought to Taiwan’s Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan, law courts can also become open to public participation! In 2020, the Legislative Yuan passed the Citizen Judge Act, which into effect in 2023. According to the Act, collegial courts for the cases listed in the Act will consist of 6 citizen judges and 3 jduges. Citizens who meet the requirements will be randomly selected to participate in trail proceedings and the formation of final judgments. The Act aims to facilitate impartiality of the justice system with legal expertise of judges and by taking people’s expectations on how to achieve social justice into consideration.

Real Price Registration of House Transaction of Each Property

Real Price Registration of House Transaction of Each PropertyRevealing the actual selling price of all houses in order to promote transparency in the housing market.

In the past, actual house prices were only revealed on the basis of the price of each area consisting of a batch of 30 house numbers instead of each house number. In order to make the housing market more transparent, the Ministry of the Interior passed the "Real Price 2.0" amendment, which reveals the price, the house number, and the parcel number of each successful transaction, providing comprehensive information to future buyers.

Government's Open Data Platform

Government's Open Data Platform A platform that compiles the open data of each government body.

In order to enable citizens to monitor the government and apply open data, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan began promoting open data in 2012. People can use most of open data for free except for some special cases. A platform compiling civic, economic and other types of open government data was thus created, and the data were released in a variety of formats, making them easier for citizens to use.

The Initiative to Amend Political Donation Acts

The Initiative to Amend Political Donation ActsPromoting the transparency of political donations through crowdsourcing.

In 2014, with a crowdsourcing model, Ronny Wang, a participant in the g0v community, collaborated with other civil society groups on the "Open Political Donation" project, which hoped to make political donation more transparent through legal amendments. After several attempts, the effort went silent for a while. In 2017, Mirror Media produced a report on open data, which received a lot of attention and enabled this issue to be visable again. Finally, in 2018, the Political Donations Act was ammended and since then, it requires every candidate to publish the full text of their financial reports online.

Public Representative Voter Guide

Public Representative Voter Guide Compiling data about candidates and helping citizens to obtain sufficient information before casting their votes.

In order to provide citizens with more information before they vote, Johnny Lo started producing "Legislator Voting Guide" and "City and Country Councilor Voter Guide" in 2013, which compiles data on the legal proposals, voting recording and participation in hearings of candidates in every district up until 2018. In 2019, a group of hackers from g0v expanded this idea and created "Voting Guide for the 2019 Election," which improved the work flow and interface for users and provided more information.

Livestream of Parliament

Livestream of ParliamentLive-streaming legislative discussions in parliament in order to fulfil the public's right to know.

In 2009, civil society groups in Taiwan began calling for allowing the people to monitor and supervise legislative discussion in parliament. After many years of trial and discussion, the Legislative Yuan established their own channel "Parliamentary TV" in 2016, with the hopes that the legislative procedure will become more transparent.

Data Opener

Data OpenerA system that makes searching and locating government data easier

Even if government data has been open for a number of years, citizens are still often unable to access it. The "Data Opener" tool, created by a team of volunteers, analyzes the most common reasons why data requests are denied by the government and modularizes the application process. By doing so, the data helper makes it easier to apply while helping the government understand the importance of open data.

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Common Voice

Common VoiceA database that invites speakers of any language to contribute their voices to teach computers how to speak any language with correct pronounciation.

Common Voice is an open-source project developed by Mozilla. Recordings provided by contributors around the world are released to the public domain under CC0. This free and open speech database includes every language, which allows everyone to use and develop speech-related technology.

Find My Bus

Find My Bus Using open data provided by city governments, this app shows route maps of buses and other public means of transportation, and tracks where they are currently going.

The prototype of this project is "Bus Tracker Taipei". With data from Taipei and New Taipei City governments and the Public Transport Data eXchange platform established by Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications, this app allows users to see bus routes, bus arrival times, as well as the transfer information of airport bus, Taiwan High Speed Rail, Taiwan Railway, YouBike, and other means of public transport. This is one of the best examples of public uses of government open data since 2013.

Mask Map

Mask MapIn response to pandemic prevention policy, this app compiles mask stock data from all medical facilities

This app is one of the projects of Taiwan's open source community, g0v. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic that began in 2020, the Taiwanese government adopted a name-based mask-rationing policy to prevent panic buying. However, people didn’t know which pharmacy still had sufficient masks in stock. To address that problem, g0v members established this app by connecting real-time mask stock data from the government-contracted pharmacies, locations of pharmacies and convenient stores that sold masks, and all the necessary information with google map, thereby allowing the public to know the real time amount of mask stock across Taiwan.

Taiwan National Treasure

Taiwan National TreasureA project supporting volunteers to take pictures of Taiwanese historical materials archived in the U.S. and to make them accessible to the public

This is one of the projects that received the "Civic Technology Startup Grant" sponsored by the g0v community. With photography software and an online database system, this project calls on volunteers to go to the U.S. Archives and take pictures of historical materials related to Taiwan. The online open database of these files is free for people to use. As of March 2020, the cumulative number of the digitized files has exceeded 200,000.

To Urge Authoritarian Countries to Adopt Open Data Act

To Urge Authoritarian Countries to Adopt Open Data ActTo urge an authoritarian government to release the data which the government has been collecting, thereby allowing the public to examine and utilize it.

Here are resources players can use for this task: laws as such requiring that governments should enact laws based on the four principles of openness, "easy to access, machine-readable, in an open format, and released under an open license or open usage method." Government ministries should open up internal information for the general public and enterprises to effectively add value to applications. For example, the landform map opened by Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior is used to draw the map that shows the relation between telecommunication signal and landform.

Scan and buy

Scan and buyWith one scan, this app allows you to see whether a manufacturer of the product has a record of violating environmental protection regulations

"Developed from the ""Thau Bing"" project, this app facilitates the release of enviromental data, tracks data related to corporations' gas and liquid waste and other forms of pollution, and detects whether they have a record of illegal emissions. The goals are to raise public awareness regarding which businesses breaking the law, and to encourage the government to improve environmental protection laws and measures to ensure corporations compliance. In the meantime, the app also enhances civic participation and helps citizens to be in control of every purchase. "

Qollie

QollieA plug-in that allows users to see how others rank companies and their comments when looking for a job on job search websites.

This is a Chrome browser plug-in that allows users to simultaneously view evaluations of companies, job vacancies, and labor law violation records on the webpages of major job hunting platforms. The plug-in’s automatically-loading comment section allows to leave comments and view previous comments on the company’s recruitment page. This plug-in hopes to create a transperant job hunting ecosystem where labor and management can equally obtain sufficient and authentic information.

LASS (Location Aware Sensing System)

LASS (Location Aware Sensing System)Based on the concepts of open source and public interest, LASS can help to monitor the quality of air and water

LASS (Location Aware Sensing System) is a comprehensive open-source aware sensing online system, which includes sensors, internet systems, analysis of big data and user interfaces. The system can monitor air and water quality in real time, and all the data measured by its instruments can be accessed by the public.

Cofacts

CofactsA LINE Bot that can fact-check in real time.

As one of the projects of Taiwan's open source community, Cofacts established a real time fact-check platform by inviting the general public to collaborate, and applying the technology of chatbot, thereby providing a massive amount of information and reference as well as the technologic support for fact-checking to the public. Cofacts also releases its data that accumulated each time it fact-checks a piece of fake news under CC license. The platform also releases its source code so that people can use it by following its licenses.

MOEdic

MOEdicSupporting local languages in Taiwan, MOEdic is a free online dictionary that includes Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien and Hakka, amongst other languages

As one of the projects of g0v, MOEdic is a digital Taiwanese-language dictionary. The entries are mostly derived from the "Revised Mandarin Chinese Dictionary by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education." In addition to 160,000 entries in Mandarin Chinese, there are 20,000 entries in Taiwanese Hokkien and 14,000 entries in Hakka. Translations in Chinese, English, French, and German are also provided.

Disfactory

DisfactoryA system that allows users to anonymously report illegal factories on farmland.

Disfactory is a project developed by Citizens of the Earth, Taiwan and g0v. Any time citizens report cases of suspected illegal factories on farmland to the system, the data will be forwarded to the competent authority. Citizens stay anonymous but still can keep up with the updates of their reporting and urge the government to regulate illegal factories. The goals of this system are to protect citizens' rights, the environment and food safety through democracy and the rule of law.

Open Street Map

Open Street MapAn editable map that can be freely drawn and used by everyone.

The concept of this project inspired by Wikipedia, is to construct a collaborative online map that can be freely drawn and used. The goal is to create a world map with free content that can be edited by everyone. In the beginning, the map was often drawn according to the information that contributors obtained through on-site investigation by using GPS track records, laptops, and many kinds of equipments. Later, aerial and satellite imagery technology also became an important source of data.

Open GLAM

Open GLAM A project that opens up and digitalizes data from museums and allows enthusiasts to use the materials legally.

The Open GLAM project was initiated by the Open Knowledge Foundation. It assists cultural institutions (such as art galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) in digitalizing and opening up content and materials through workshops, guidelines, documents, and working groups, hoping to build shared resources of cultural assets.

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BigBlueButton

BigBlueButtonAn open-source online meeting system that doesn’t require users to download the system and can be integrated with multiple learning management systems.

BBB (BigBlueButton) is an open-source software, which fulfills distance learning and working through audio/video meetings. It can integrate itself with multiple learning systems, provide functions such as text messaging, group discussion, notes sharing and a digital whiteboard, and be executed on browsers directly. It's the current solution recommended by the French government to educational organizations and public sectors for organizing online meetings.

Firefox

FirefoxA browser with free and open source code

Mozilla Firefox, a browser with free and open source code, was created and launched by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary in 2004. The browser’s predecessor was the independent "Phoenix Browser" also created by the Mozilla community.

Inkscape

InkscapeAn open-source vector graphics editor released under General Public License

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor released under the terms of the GNU General Public License. In addition to graphics rendering, it can also be used for three-dimensional rendering and additional color services. It currently supports 27 languages ​​and multiple operating systems. The software uses Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) as a default, and can import and export a variety of file formats

LibreOffice

LibreOfficeA free and open-source office suite

LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite, whose initial version was developed by The Document Foundation in 2010. This suite includes software for word processing, creating and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and graphics, database management, composing mathematical formulae, etc., and it supports the OpenDocument/ODF format.

Linux Kernel

Linux KernelAn open-source operating system kernel that's similar to Unix.

Linux Kernel is an open-source operating system kernel that is similar to Unix. In 1991, Finnish hacker Linus Torvalds created Linux kernel and started the Linux kernel project. More than 12,000 engineers have dedicated to this project up until now.

Notepad++

Notepad++An open-source text editor that supports multiple languages and programming languages.

The author/manager of Notepad++ is a Taiwanese. Licensed under General Public License, this free and open-source software supports multiple languages. Besides creating text files, it also serves as a programming editor. Notepad++ not only supports customized hotkeys but also provides functions such as syntax highlighting, code folding and built-in macro recording and replaying. In addition, it supports multiple plug-ins.

OCF Lab

OCF LabOCF Lab is a news platform covering topics about open culture, established by the Open Culture Foundation.

OCF Lab is a news platform founded by the Open Culture Foundation. It focuses on five core issues: open source code, open government, open data, digital rights, and civic technology. Through collecting, translating and covering stories on technological affairs at home and abroad in its biweekly reports, OCF Lab has become an important force promoting social progress.

OPass

OPassA sign-up app used at symposiums held by all major open-source groups across Taiwan

OPass was originally designed as a registration app for the Taiwan Open Source Information Community Seminar. It has been used many times at SITCON (Students’ Information Technology Conference) and COSCUP (Conference for Open Source Coders, Users & Promoters). In order to meet the needs of various events, the integration plan was launched and OPass was thereby born, which continues to optimize sign-up experiences and provides first-hand information of various annual meetings.

Open Hack Farm

Open Hack Farm"Open Hack Farm" promotes open source and open data in agricultural applications.

"Open Hack Farm" is a community which committs to developing open-source software and hardware, applying open data to agriculture and promoting enviromental friendly farming reusage with technology and scientific methods. Through researching and developing environmental sensors to collect data, Open Hack Farm has created a digital Agricultural Calendar through data analysis to help farmers achieve friendly farming. They have also developed a system to trace the production process of the ingredients of food and to connect consumers and producers quickly with mobile devices.

Public Money Public Code

Public Money Public CodeAn initiative which advocates that public digital services or systems built with public money must be released under open-source license.

"Public Money Public Code" is an initiative launched by the "Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)" in 2017 which advocates that public digital services or systems built by governments and with public money must be released under an open-source license to ensure that new developments of those digital services and systems are not just repeats of existing ones and can facilitate collaboration, thereby allowing everyone to use it. The open letter of this initiative calls on the public to sign the petition, hoping that the system will be applied in all regions.

Get to Know Open-Source License

Get to Know Open-Source LicenseLicenses are an essential part of open source. They ensure people's freedom to use open-source software, and define how much freedom users can have when an open-source software is edited or remixed.

Licensing is an indispensable element for achieving open source. "Open License" allows copyright owners to retain only part of their rights, allowing their works to be used, modified and distributed freely and for unlimited purposes. The additional terms added on the license of an open license software must not violate the authorization terms of these basic principles of Open License. Common license terms for software code include MIT, GPL, etc., and since the content of each license is different, the scale of freedom of reuse is also different.

New Chewing

New Chewing(New) Chewing is a smart, open-source system designed to enable Bomopofo input to type Chinese characters.

(New) Chewing is a smart, open-source phonetic input method for Chinese. As an expansion of the well-known "Chewing," which was launched in 1999, (new) Chewing is designed to be compatible to various operation systems and execution environments. It meets the requirements of many intelligent open soource phonetic input systems and has been widely used by traditional Chinese users. (New) Chewing features cross-platform interoperability. In addition to being able to operate on multiple systems, it also supports multiple input method architectures.

Tor Browser

Tor BrowserA safer browser, which not only allows users to go anonymous, but also deletes sensitive data automatically.

Tor, whose name stands for "The Onion Router", is an open-source browser that enhances anonymity on the internet, which also encompasses the function of bypassing internet censorship. It encrypts users' data traffic, passing three Tor nodes as diversions before sending to the target webistes. The target websites wouldn't know the real source of users, and all the three Tor nodes wouldn't know the source and destination of the users at the same time, either, and that's how it achieves anonymity of internet transmission.

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The Four Freedoms

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Subsisdies for the Youth

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