Newspaper article China Post

Government Should Alter Its Mentality in Internet Age: Premier

Newspaper article China Post

Government Should Alter Its Mentality in Internet Age: Premier

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Mao Chi-kuo yesterday said government officials must change their mentality to improve communication with netizens.

Mao made the call at the start of a workshop arranged for Cabinet members to better understand the development of the Internet, as well as the workings of social media and its users.

"We need not only change our brains (the way we think), we really need to change our mentality," Mao told the attending members of the Cabinet, which was reshuffled last month shortly after the ruling Kuomintang suffered a humiliating defeat in local elections.

Netizens showed overwhelming support for the opposition camp in the elections, and critics, as well as the KMT, blamed the defeat - at least partially - on the ruling party's failure to adapt to the age of the Internet.

Mao said the focus of the workshop was meant to help the government handle open data, which is more than a technology and requires a change of mentality.

He said the government also needs to understand the opinions expressed through the Internet and how they can be properly turned into useful information. …

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