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PGP Live at DRAPAC23: Open Culture Foundation

Pretty Good Podcast Live at DRAPAC23 is a special episode series of Pretty Good Podcast, recorded live at the Digital Rights Asia Pacific Assembly in Chiang Mai, Thailand, last May 22 to 26, 2023.

Together with hundreds of changemakers from a broad range of sectors who have come together to build knowledge, collaboration, and momentum on Digital Rights and the Asia-Pacific, this series features a number of DRAPAC23 participants working across pressing digital rights issues in the region.


 

In this episode of PGP Live at DRAPAC23, SzuHui Huang, Programme Manager at Open Culture Foundation (OCF), discusses the organisation’s focus on open technology and its intersection with digital rights in Asia. She shares her work on capacity building for human rights defenders and civil society organisations (CSOs) as part of efforts to address the lack of resources for safeguarding civil societies in an era of digitalisation. She also discusses OCF’s research efforts, particularly in East Asia, on privacy and personal data rights within CSOs. Reflecting on her DRAPAC23 experience, SzuHui mentions how new regional partnerships were forged at the Assembly, including collaborations with organisations in Taiwan.

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About Open Culture Foundation: A nonpartisan, nonprofit organisation which aims to support local communities in their advocacy of open technology, as we see open technology as the core to securing digital rights and internet freedom. “Open technology” includes three dimensions: (1) open source software and hardware that can be freely used, developed, and redistributed by anyone; (2) open data that can similarly be freely used, reused, and redistributed by anyone; and (3) open government that promotes transparent, participatory, inclusive, and accountable governance.

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  • SzuHui shared about OCF’s initiatives on privacy and personal data rights. Here are some of the projects they are working on:
    • The eID Campaign discusses the introduction of digital ID cards (eID cards) in Taiwan and flags the absence of legal amendments or detailed proposals. The campaign highlights concerns about potential data breaches and emphasises the need for government transparency.
    • Ranking Digital Rights in Taiwan (2022) highlights the increasing corporate influence on digital human rights and the need for transparency. OCF is partnering with Ranking Digital Rights to assess East Asian corporations on governance, privacy, and freedom of speech. The aim is to produce a localized report on Taiwanese corporations to provide quantitative data for policy decisions and urge for enhanced corporate accountability.
  • In addition to championing open-source technology, OCF is dedicated to digital rights initiatives, including the Internet Freedom Meetup in Taiwan. This initiative aims to underscore the significance of internet freedom in the digital age and provide an opportunity for people to delve deeper into global internet freedom issues.
  • Learn more about the Open Culture Foundation via their website and Twitter account. For inquiries and collaborations, email them at [email protected].
 

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