#1 - Can you tell us a bit about how g0v operates - your governance structure, how decisions are made, and how you communicate within your network?
ael: First of all, g0v does not have a "governance" structure. We consider ourselves as a community rather than an organization. Like other open source tech communities, we believe everyone is equal to participate in the community. We welcome every citizen to join any projects since all our projects are all open online, including codes, documents, videos and images etc. So how does it work? Online, we throw up our projects ideas, discuss thoughts and look for collaboration in our Facebook group, our Slack group, our irc channel, our hackpad workspace and our GitHub repository. Offline, we host at least one hackathon every two months, around 120 participants each time, and also host 2 international summits to connect to the global civic tech hackers. We are a multi-centered community, which means anyone can initiate any projects and host hackathons on any topics in any forms. We believe in openness and collaboration. Every Facebook Fanpage posts will be reviewed by the community before released. Any lecture invitation will be send to a Google group, and the lecture slides will be open licensed.
chihao> This is to address this, and all the questions raised in this pad that principle #0 of the g0v community is that no one is/represents the g0v community. I personally believe that this principle is key in keeping this community open and egalitarian.
chihao> g0v’s “being here” for the past years and its evolution is very meaningful to me and, hopefully, the larger Taiwanese society. I think it has restored faith in people about their capacity to adapt and bring about change by empowering them to self-organize and “make things happen”.
#3 - Are there any challenges you have encountered since you started up, specifically around collaboration, or large-scale mobilizations?
chihao> People are difficult and awesome in the same time.
chihao> I’m working on a project called “dipSpace”. It is an open-sourced content management system for contemporary journalism.