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[2020/10/23] Associate Professor Peng has Analyzed the Impact of Big Data on Taiwanese Society and Won a Academia Sinica Young Scholar Research Award

Institute of Science, Technology, and Society Associate Professor Peng (right) receiving the award from Academia Sinica Vice President Huang

 

Associate Professor Peng from National Yang-Ming University Institute of Science, Technology, and Society used the “Digital Innovation and Public Participation” research series to analyze the impact of big data on Taiwanese society. He won the “Academia Sinica Young Scholars Research Award” from the 2020 Humanities and Social Science group.

 

Associate Professor Peng’s series of studies used hackathon as an example to discuss the emerging academic topic of digital innovation and public participation (“big data” and society). He cited the capitalist concept of the “doomsday matsutake farmer movement” and described the hackathon as a method used by borderline communities to strive for change. Such concepts echo the 2014 Sunflower Movement in Taiwan. Within this movement, borderline community young persons and engineers used technology and the internet to participate in Taiwan’s changing situation. In addition, Associate Professor Peng put Taiwan into the global hackathon series and found that companies and governments in various countries may seem to be open and transparent, but in fact they use hackathons to modularize specific times (24 hours) and spaces (such as stadiums). By doing so, they can “steal”, “blend into” or deprive people of their enthusiasm and their technology. This is tantamount to a neoliberal political and commercial transformation of governance in the information field.

 

Associate Professor Peng won using “Digital Innovation and Public Participation” research series

 

The judges point out that Mr. Peng’s research provides both positive and negative perspectives on current Taiwanese society, where big data is pervasive and has a profound impact under the pandemic this year, especially the emergence of many scientific/technological epidemic prevention online conferences that are linked to other lifestyles. With the series theme being the hackathon as the “Countrymen’s Keyboard for Transforming Society”, this allowed the theorization of Taiwanese cases involving active awareness and cutting edge information technology. Mr. Peng’s research has also been published in a number of important English journals in the field of geography and urban studies. This reflects Mr. Peng’s ability and ambition to create a connection between Taiwanese research and the International academic community.

 

Associate Professor Peng said, “I am grateful for the reviewers' affirmations. As someone who wanders into different fields with curiosity and perplexity, this has been a very important encouragement. In my journey, there were many people who have offered their helping hands during times of need. This is what has allowed me to finish my journey. These include my family who raised me, my own family who have remained with at my side throughout my research and job, the Programmable City team and colleagues from Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, my friends who helped be get through obstacles, and, finally, the many new friends who have assisted me from the beginning of my research”.

 

He also thanked National Yang-Ming University for providing the environment and the support necessary for research, as well as his colleagues at the Tenghai Society who worked hard with him and his students and generously offered their encouragement and tolerance.

 

Associate Professor Peng (front left 2) and other winners of this year’s “Academic Research Award for Young Scholars”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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