經濟特區 (Special Economic Zone，後簡稱 SEZ) 在過去是一種地理學概念，多由主權政府所主導。冷戰時期的各國的市政府角色多半聊備一個，或是城市的發跡的歷史長度遠遠超越冷戰史（如：阿姆斯特丹、倫敦、紐約等）。多數市政府在宏觀的全球經濟政策面，尚未取得超越國家的經濟決策權。但在冷戰結束四分之一個世紀期間，中東的杜拜和新興的 King Abdullah Economic City，建基在以城市發展為基礎模型上，在21世紀經濟特區的歷史，開創出另外一條發展路徑。不過我們這邊想的是台灣比較熟悉的歷史，近東地區的發展顯然還不足以本地的激發想像。
Hacking the “Guanxi” of dot Gov – How to link invisible stakeholders, build sustained momentum, lift whole new generation of interested parties, and other tales from the denizens.
Taiwan is unofficially recognized as one of Asia’s hotbeds of open government data. Since 2009, Taiwan’s open government scene has ebbed and flowed as various parties made vital contributions to its growth and development. In 2014, the accumulated efforts of Taiwan’s open government advocates broke into the mainstream, playing a valuable role in protest movements, and took Taiwan’s democratic process by surprise when it became a critical part of last year’s elections.
The future of open data for Taiwan is huge, but not without conflict. Despite a newfound interest in open data from all sectors, and a dedicated community of open-government advocates that are able to create recognizable social and political impact, the economic and business potential for open data in Taiwan has not come to fruition.
This session will be the first walkthrough on how Taiwan has created its vibrant open data scene. Taiwan’s open data scene has been cultivated through a formidable social network of government agencies (colloquially known as “guanxi” in Taiwan), which has simultaneously set the tone and agenda of open data development from the inside-out. In addition, a genuine interest has blossomed among the public through hacking of open data portals, which has pushed massive community engagement, leading to Taiwan’s fast-evolving open data ecosystem.
We are calling for a fundamental shift. A new mechanism to exchange information between regional stakeholders is needed in order to tackle civic issues that emerge from East Asia’s fast-urbanizing cities, and also engages with a new generation of young people that feels lost to an archaic model of governance, and are now devising their own government initiatives through open data.