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Hope in Crisis | Rights, Democracy, and Technology

Hope in Crisis | Rights, Democracy, and Technology

Author: Sean Moss-Pultz, Renee Yeh

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This unprecedented time has shown the world cracks in the old systems. But it's also given us opportunities to change, reset, and envision a different future. We want to find out: what's the way forward - what's the hope in crisis?
We talk about rights and democracy, and how technology enables or disables them.

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16 Episodes
This is the end of Hope in Crisis season 1! Thank you all for staying with us on the podcast! We collected a few questions from our audiences for Sean and Renee. Let's hear them out!🎤 What did we ask? 🚩02:33 Sean often mentioned his father is a lawyer. Why is it so important for him? 🚩09:50 What does the ideal world look like to you? 🚩26:50 Is Clubhouse a threat to podcast? 🚩30:44 Which is your favorite episode by far? Why? 🚩39:10 Is blockchain also biased? 🚩43:46 Can we come up with ways to eliminate bias in education system? 🚩49:17 How is education related to rights and democracy? 🚩53:15 Terry Leong joined us on Clubhouse! 🚩55:30 How can regular people do homeschooling? 🚩01:01:08 Should the government treat commercial espionage as a national security issue? Sean said cryptography is the answer, why? 🎤Follow us on Twitter for more information: 🎤Bitmark hiring:
Michael Chou is the founder of, a subscription newsletter about technology and its impact in Traditional Chinese. It is now the most trusted tech analysis in Taiwan. In this episode, we talked about the ever increasing power of big tech companies and how those power has affected our life as an individual. Follow us on Twitter for more information: Bitmark hiring:
Carol Lin is a Distinguished Professor at National Chao Tung University, she is specialized in Criminal Law & Procedure, White Collar Crime, Feminist Jurisprudence and technology law. In this episode, we talked about the inequality existing in the modern world and the gap between our law and the social norms. Follow us on Twitter for more information:
Social media is violating our rights and privacy through it gaining power. It was no doubt that our democracy and our rights to the future are constantly destroyed by its algorithm. Hope in Crisis had our first live podcast event on Dec. 29th, invited 50+ participants to the screening of The Social Dilemma and we has a live podcast discussion around the documentary after the screening. *Professor Chia is the assistant professor of Graduate Institute of Health and Biotechnology Law, Taipei Medical University and the board member of .Taiwan Human Rights Association *The Social Dilemma is one of the documentaries you must see this year. Launched by Netflix, the documentary-drama hybrid documentary reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.
Terence Leong (Terry) is a music producer and record executive. He is the Group CCO of KKBOX Group, Co-Founder of KKFARM and OURSONG. KKBOX Group is the parent company of KKBOX , KKFARM, KKSTREAM. It’s Taiwan’s largest media technology firm. After talking to Terry, we learned that he is not just an artist, he is also a deep thinker on rights and the evolution of music industry. What is OurBeat ( the tool we mentioned in this episode): Follow us on Twitter for more information:
Tim Chen is the Chief Organizer of Taiwan Homeschool and founder of Taiwan Homeschool Advocates, he has been promoting home education since 2003 in Taiwan and has also been advocating education choice since 2007.He started home education when his daughter was only 5 in 2003. In this episode, we talked about what homeschooling is, the problem of education, and the choices of future education. ------ New music, new cover art - Hope in Crisis is ready for 2021! Follow us on Twitter for more information:
Jerry Liu is a former diplomat of Taiwan. He worked in Taiwan’s representative office in Los Angeles and Taiwan's embassy in Palau. He is currently the director of International Affairs at New Power Party. In this episode, Jerry shared his experience as a diplomat of Taiwan - what challenges have them faced? He also talked about the future of diplomacy, and how technology is affecting modern diplomacy.
Mary is a reporter at Quartz* * based in Hong Kong, where she covers geopolitics, tech, and business. She previously worked as a freelance journalist, covering political, socioeconomic, cultural, and urban issues. Since last June, Mary started to cover the first hand news from Hong Kong. In this episode we will learn about how democracy is dismantling under the combination of authoritarian and big tech companies, and most importantly, how Hong Konger and the rest of the world can see hope in this crisis.
Alfred Lin is the former leader of KMT (The Nationalist Party) youth league. He is experienced in International History, Cross-strait relations, Politics of Mainland China and Taiwan, Democratization of Mainland China and Taiwan's Policy on National Security and Reform of National Army. Alfred Lin is now the co-author of New Republic Report. In This episode, we invited Alfred to talk about digitizing KMT, information warfare and his national identity.
Hsiao A (蕭新晟) used to worked in startup as a software engineer. He started Taiwan National Treasure, a project digitizing and translating Taiwan's history documents in the US National Archive. This project connect him deeply to Taiwan. He joined New Power Party and came back to Taiwan at 2018 to run for Taipei city council. Learn more about the topic: Taiwan National Treasure: g0v: Hsiao A:
Taiwan has been ranked as the second-safest country in the world, according to a 2020 mid-year crime index released by global database Numbeo. Many of the things you lost can be found. How did Taiwan do it? Many cities started use IoT as a way of building a safer city, but is this necessary? What are the risks?
Before we start shooting our official episodes, some interesting conversations happened. So we taped it, and share it with all of you.
Taiwan did extremely well in the fight on Covid-19, and one of the key reason is that Taiwan has a highly technologize government and citizens that are willing to contribute. How did they achieve that? The story goes back to one of their social movements.
吃海菜或注射消毒水並沒有辦法幫你阻擋Covid-19;憋氣10秒也不是新冠病毒篩檢的方法:俄羅斯總統普丁也沒有在首都莫斯科街頭釋放500隻獅子,來防止民眾走出家門。隨著Covid-19疫情快速散播,錯誤的資訊和假新聞也隨之蔓延,世界衛生組織講此現象稱為「瘟疫等級的假消息」。 Eating sea lettuce or injecting disinfectant won’t prevent you from getting COVID-19. Holding your breath for ten seconds is not a test for SARS-CoV-2. And Russian President Vladimir Putin did not release 500 lions in Moscow to persuade the city’s residents to stay indoors as part of the efforts to fight the pandemic. The rapid global spread of COVID-19 has been accompanied by what the World Health Organization has described as a “massive infodemic”.
Healthcare在英文中是醫療的意思,但Health其實代表著健康,而現在的醫療體系卻主要服務讓生了病(sick)的人,因次許多人將此體系戲稱為Sickcare。到底現在的醫療體系的定義是不是出了什麼問題呢? When thinking about the word "Healthcare", what people picture is actually medical care. Medical care is meant for those who are already sick, so people also call the current system "Sickcare". Is the definition of our current system going wrong?
生命權(Right to Life)是最基本的人權之一,但在現在資本主義下的醫療體系,卻讓生命不得不被標上價格。本集主要和大家聊的是台灣和美國醫療體系的異同處,並且試著發想一個更適合人類社群的制度。
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