Government By The People, With the People: A conversation between Audrey Tang and Beth Noveck


The Future of Democracy Working Group at the Institute for Public Knowledge and the GovLab at NYU kicked off its new lecture series on Thursday, September 20th with a conversation between Audrey Tang (Digital Minister, Taiwan) and Beth Simone Noveck (Director, The GovLab).

The discussion explored how civic technology is enabling new and improved forms of citizen participation, deliberation, and collaboration between government and the public, helping public institutions to benefit from the wisdom of the crowd and empowering citizen-led community at a national scale. In this conversation, Beth Noveck, the founder of the White House Open Government initiative spoke with Taiwan’s Digital Minister about her revolutionary efforts to transform how Taiwan makes law and policy and to create a more open and participatory democracy. Read the full transcript of the conversation here.

The next event in the future of democracy lecture series will feature Geoff Mulgan, CEO of NESTA on Wednesday, September 26th. RSVP here.

(Transcript courtesy of Audrey Tang via