To fulfill the responsibility as a member of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), in October, 2003, President Yuan Tseh Lee of Academia Sinica, while representing Chinese Taipei in attending APEC Bangkok Leadership Meeting, proposed the “ADOC Program.” The ADOC program is to assist in bridging digital divide among APEC partner member economies and will further assist APEC to fulfill the Brunei Declaration and the objectives of e-APEC strategies, which includes increasing internet population by three (3) times, facilitating APEC partner member economies to be benefited from the opportunities coming with the network environment and turning digital divide into digital opportunity, and assisting APEC partner member economies along with all people in making the most use of the information revolution in the new economic development.
An ADOC Secretariat is set up in Chinese Taipei to plan and implement the “ADOC Program.” The ADOC Secretariat started in August of 2004,it had been in operation for almost 18 years. The funds of the ADOC program have been invested by Chinese Taipei solely since the beginning and have reached three hundred, forty two million, two hundred and eighty thousand New Taiwan Dollars (342,280,000 NT). The program further co-founded ADOC Partner Member Economies (“ADOC PMEs”) with the following seven (7) partner member economies: Republic of Chile, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Peru, Republic of the Philippines, the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and Kingdom of Thailand. ADOC PMEs combine local resources in attempting to meet the needs of different groups when it comes to transforming to e-Systems. Different types of training courses are provided according to the needs of people in different types of ADOC Training Centers that were set up to accommodate the training courses. The different types of ADOC Training Centers include ADOC Digital Opportunity Centers, which provide training for common people and entrepreneurs in the capital cities; ADOC e-Commerce Centers, which provide training for small and medium enterprises on Ecommerce skills; ADOC e-Care Centers, which provide training for minorities; ADOC e-Schools, which provide specific skill training, ADOC e-Learning Digital Centers, which provide training for women and children; and ADOC Telecenters, which provide training for people in the remote rural areas along with micro-enterprises, etc.
Up to the end of 2021, ADOC and TDOC Program set up 95 Training Centers offering all different types of training programs in all seven APEC PMEs. Advertisements regarding the different types of information communication training and application were also used locally in the seven (7) ADOC PMEs and in Taiwan. With the full cooperation from all partner member economies, the program has had significant success in building up the capabilities of all partner member economies to bridge digital divide. The program has overall benefited more than 70,000 people and has positive responses from APEC partner member economies.
To continue carrying on the mission of assisting APEC in digital divide remediation, the founder of Acer Corp, Stan Shih, while representing Chinese Taipei in attending APEC annual leadership meeting at Sydney, Australia in September, 2007, proposed “ADOC 2.0 Program,” which would not only continue the current outcome of the ADOC Program but also actively encourage privately owned enterprises and non-profit organizations of APEC partner member economies to participate. Through the cooperative model between government-functioned and private-functioned departments and prioritizing minorities, such as children, women, and small and medium enterprises, etc., ADOC 2.0 will elaborate on the spirit of sponsoring public welfare and continue assisting APEC partner member economies in establishing their information communication capability, which will in return allow their people to enjoy the convenience and opportunities resulting from information communication.

TDOC(Taiwan Digital Opportunity Center)

About TDOC Project

The digital divide is an economic and social inequality that categorizes persons in a given population by their access to, use of, or knowledge of information and communication technologies (ICTs).The TDOC Project, aspired to bridge digital divides and find digital opportunities for International society, shared Taiwan’s successful experience and worked closely with local partners in each countries.

Objective of TDOC:

The main objective of TDOC Project is to reduce digital divides by enabling people to overcome limitations of age, gender, health, or social or educational background, so that digitalization can benefit anyone and anything at anytime, anywhere.

About TDOC Secretariat-Institute for Information Industry

The Institute for Information Industry (III) was established in 1979 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) through the joint efforts of public and private sectors, to support the development/applications of the information industry as well as the information society in Taiwan under the supervision of the Republic of China Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Besides technology advancement, III’s mission has evolved from Information Technology (IT) to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development with a wide social coverage. III focused on developing key ICT technologies across various domains, including 5G, IoT, and Big Data Analysis. III is supervised by a Board of Directors and led by the President/CEO. The organization is composed of 3 functional groups: R&D Institutes, Service Units and Operational Supports.

About III

In the early 1970s, Taiwan faced crucial challenges arising from global energy crisis and trade protectionism implemented by industrial countries. It thus became top priority of the government to come up with policies on industrial and economic development so as to transform the traditional industrial model into the technology-intensive industrial model and to increase Taiwan’s competitiveness.
On 17th May 1979, Executive Yuan passed the “Proposal on Science and Technology Development” in its 1663 Grand Meeting, resolving to incorporate a non-governmental organization— “Institute for Information Industry” (“III”) through the joint efforts of public and private sectors. Later on 24th July, with persistent efforts from past Senior Advisor to the Presidency, Mr. Kuo-Ting Li, III was established so as to “promote effective application of information technology, increase national comprehensive competitiveness, create preconditions and environment for information industry to develop, and to strengthen the competitiveness of information industry.”
Since III established, III has taken part in planning and promoting public policies related to information industry. It has contributed to the pioneer research and development in information and communication technology, the deepening and broadening of information applications,the training and education of talents in this field and the participation in building infrastructure for national information technology. III’s achievements have been widely recognized. In recent years, following the rapid changes in the global environment, III has modified its objectives and missions as follows: