Kirby Wu is one of the co-founders of g0v.tw. He is a software engineer and web developer who loves hiking and photography.
In 2012, when the government released an advertisement promoting a new economic initiative, Kirby was dissatisfied with the government’s vague and unclear messages. Frustrated with government’s inefficiency and inability to execute policies, he and his friends founded g0v.tw. In December of the same year, the organization launched its first event, named “g0v.tw hackath0n” which attracted more than expected number of participants.
g0v.tw is an online community that advocates information transparency, focusing on developing information platform and tools for the citizens to participate in our society. Substituting the “o” with “0″ in gov, the new “g0v” not only stands for rethinking the role that the government plays from the bottom up, but also represents the world view of 0 and 1 in the digital natives generation.
g0v.tw is a platform that is based on open-source spirit which cares about speech freedom and information openness. In addition, it also writes computer codes for the ease of use of information services for the citizens. Information transparency can help the citizens understand its government operation and subjects under discussion more easily and clearly. Thus, information would not be solely controlled by the media and government supervision by its citizens can then be made more effectively. This information-transparency-enabled understanding can be transformed into real action and ultimately strengthen our democratic literacy.