Announcing the winners of the 2010 blog awards

Taiwan blog awards winners

The votes have been counted and the announcement of the winners of the 2010 Taiwan Best Blog Awards is now online at Taiwanderful. The peer-judged award for overall best blog was shared by Neil Wade’s Photography Blog and Letters from Taiwan. The popular online vote for overall best blog was won by My Kafkaesque life. Go to Taiwanderful for the complete list of winners.

One of the aims of the awards is to increase linking between Taiwan blogs so it was great to see Lao Ren Chan, shu flies and Craig Ferguson post lists of their favorite Taiwan blogs. Thanks to TimCatherineBenCraigDrewBrianPortnoy and Trista for voting in the peer-judged section of the awards. Thanks also to everyone who entered their blogs in the awards or participated in the online voting. Lastly a big thanks to Fili for handling all the technical matters at Taiwanderful.

Vote in the Taiwan blog awards

Vote in Taiwan blog awards

Voting is now open in the 2010 Taiwan blog awards. Anyone can participate in the online popular vote and there is no need to register. You can find more details about the voting at Taiwanderful. You can also go directly to the Taiwan blog directory and cast your votes.

Updated: This year anyone with a Taiwan related blog can vote in the peer-judged section of the awards. The voting is via an online form. Just send me an e-mail or message on Facebook or Twitter and I will provide you with the link to the online form.

You can also join the Taiwanderful Facebook page or follow @Taiwanderful on Twitter for news and updates about the awards. There is also now a Taiwan Bloggers group at Facebook.

Some great Taiwan blogs in 2010

In the lead up to the 2010 Taiwan blog awards I wanted to note some of my favorite Taiwan blogs. Many of these blogs are listed in the blog directory at Taiwanderful and will be in the running for the blog awards. Also check out Bloggers in Taiwan which features a blog every week and has a very comprehensive blog roll.


These blogs do a great job interpreting some of the nuances of Taiwan politics.

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DPP beats KMT in social media campaign

Screenshot of DPP website

In the lead up to the local elections in 2010 I wrote a post about the use of social media by politicians in Taiwan. I noted how the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was far more active online than its counterpart, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

Screenshot of KMT website

I have gathered some data about the use of social media by the mayoral candidates in the five cities election (五都選舉) taking place on 27 November. All candidates are using several forms of online communication as part of their campaign. This includes websites, blogs, Plurk, YouTube, flickr and Facebook. Links to these sites are clearly shown on the front page of the KMT and DPP websites. This is shown in the two screenshots in this post.  Continue reading “DPP beats KMT in social media campaign”

Youth must speak out to protect internet freedom

I had a letter published in the Taipei Times today in response to two recent incidents where freedom of speech on the internet was threatened. I wrote an article on my posterous blog which gives some more background on the issue. The post also includes links to the Hu’s girls videos. Tim Maddog has written a post at Taiwan Matters! on freedom of speech issue. Michael Turton also has more on the issue and notes that the Data Protection Act which will come into effect next year may create further problems for internet users. My letter from the Taipei Times is below.

The Ministry of Education’s attempt to interfere with political discussion on the PTT Internet forum (“Notice to Ministry sparks outrage,” Nov. 4, page 1) marks yet another attack on free speech by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government.

This comes just after an Internet user faced threats of legal action for producing a spoof version of the “Hu’s girls” promotional video for the campaign of Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強), the KMT candidate for the Greater Taichung mayoral election (“Prosecutors say no suit against altered Hu video,” Nov. 3, page 3). Continue reading “Youth must speak out to protect internet freedom”

Announcing the 2010 blog awards

Taiwanderful has just announced the 2010 Taiwan best blog awards. The awards are now in their third year and seek to promote English-language blogs about Taiwan.

Last year the awards introduced a peer-judged section and I invited a small group of Taiwan bloggers to act as the judges. This year the peer-judged section will continue, but anyone with a Taiwan-related blog will be eligible to vote. Voting will take place via an online form. The popular online vote will also continue using a Digg-style voting mechanism.

There are no prizes offered. The aim of the awards is just to promote the Taiwan blogosphere. Entrants in the awards can encourage people to vote for their own blogs and other blogs they like. The awards aim to promote linking between blogs and to help people discover new Taiwan blogs.

To participate in the awards you need to register your blog in the Taiwan blog directory at Taiwanderful. If you registered last year there is no need to register again. However, you might like to check and update your entry.

Check the Taiwanderful blog for more information and updates about the awards. You can also follow @Taiwanderful at Twitter or become a fan of the Taiwanderful page at Facebook.

Please note: This blog is registered at Taiwanderful, but will not be considered for the awards.

Taiwan's English-language media gets more digital

Taiwan News cover

This week saw two significant changes to Taiwan’s English-language newspapers. The first was the announcement by the Taiwan News on Tuesday that it would cease publishing a print edition and only be available online.

The paper, established in 1949 as the China News, changed its name to Taiwan News after it was purchased by the I-Mei Corporation in 1999. In January 2008 it changed from a broadsheet to a tabloid format. The final issue was published today. Here’s a quote from the Taiwan News’ own report:

During a press conference yesterday, Taiwan News President Jack Wong announced that the 62-year old newspaper is going digital.

“The unthinkable is finally upon us,” said Wong. “On Tuesday, Sept. 28, Taiwan News will launch the previously impossible integration of text, color images, and sound in a digital multimedia format. It will be the world’s first and log-on is for free.”

In response to the recent global trend toward digital publishing, Taiwan News has switched to an all-online format. “The whole world will witness an electronic newspaper that leaves all others behind in its digital technology and multi-media capabilities,” added Wong.

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