Yuntsai Chou’s research focus includes telecommunications policy, regulatory theories, broadband regulations, and e-government.
Dr. Yuntsai Chou, graduated from George Washington University, U.S.A, is Associate Professor of Social Informatics in Yuan Ze University (Taiwan). She served as the Chairwoman of Research, Development, and Evaluation Commission, Taipei City Government from 2004 to 2006, in charge of the “M-Taipei Initiative” that builds the largest public wireless LAN ever in the world and was presented in Shanghai EXPO 2010 as the “Best City Practice.” Because of this innovative public information service, Dr. Chou with her team was awarded the price of Intelligent Community of the Year (2006) by Intelligent Community Forum. Dr. Chou during her two-year term was devoted to informatization and institutionalization of decision-making in the City Government, such as contracting out the official portal (mytaipei.tw), setting up the 1999 call center, incorporating “cost-benefit analysis” into budgetary review, applying risk analysis into policy auditing, and improving the survey mechanism.
Dr. Chou currently holds the position of Deputy Director and the R&D Advisor in Chief in the 21st Century Foundation, an established policy think tank based in Taiwan that facilitates domestic as well as the cross-strait policy dialogues and research in technology-savvy areas, such as digital convergence, global health, bio-agriculture, public innovations, and cross-strait and regional peace. Dr. Chou is selected as the 2011 Eisenhower Fellow, studying the U.S. digital convergence policy in this Fellowship. Dr. Chou also serves several counsel committees for government agencies, such as the Science & Technology Advisory Group of the Executive Yuan, the National Communication Commission (NCC), the National Information and Communication Initiative Committee of Executive Yuan, and the Taipei City Government, advising them on the issues of information policy.