About IORG

  • Author = IORG
  • Published = 2020.7.3 18:00
  • Updated = 2024.7.17 7:00

IORG is a Taiwanese civil society organization founded in 2019. Grounded on data evidence and scientific research and through school education and public communications, IORG strives to reduce information manipulation, facilitate public discourse, formulate a shared understanding of the Mandarin information environment, and strengthen trust and resilience of the Taiwanese democratic society.

IORG, now Taiwan Information Environment Research Center (台灣資訊環境研究中心, 台湾情報環境研究センター), was originally named Information Operations Research Group. Founding members of IORG in 2019 including professionals from news media, social science, data engineering, and social activism. IORG is now a registered legal entity in Taiwan, headquartered in Taipei City.

Information Environment Research

IORG conducts multidisciplinary scientific research on the Mandarin information environment based on IORG’s Information Environment Archive and Directory. Refer to IORG Information Environment Research Framework for more information.

IORG publishes public reports to share its research findings with the general public. IORG’s reports are also frequently referenced by government agencies, military intelligence, academic researchers, and educators.

IORG publishes and contributes to scientific research papers on information environment-related data analysis and technical development, including text-based rumor evolution (2021) and image-based propaganda detection (2023).

Information Literacy Education

IORG promotes research-based information literacy education with school educators and civil society in Taiwan.

IORG continues its collaboration with Taiwan Pàng-phuānn Association of Education from 2020. In this partnership, IORG provides real-life cases and credible research and contributes to the translation of research content into suitable material for teachers’ training (研習) and co-planning (共備), student lectures, and teacher-student co-creation workshops (師生共創工作坊) in middle and high schools across Taiwan.

IORG continues its collaboration with community workers in northern, middle, southern, eastern regions, as well as the outlying islands of Taiwan from 2020. In this partnership, IORG and its local partners combine research and education with local languages and communal culture, host information literacy workshops within the local context, promote basic competency of fact-checking and information credibility evaluation, and strengthen trust-based linkages.

IORG, in collaboration with Rive Gauche Publishing House, published “A Guide to Information Literacy” in May 2022, including the methodology “information credibility evaluation”, which has been adopted by middle and high school teachers across Taiwan.

Information Environment Partnership

IORG believes in strengthening democratic resilience through building networks of trust with openness, transparency, and collaboration.

IORG works – in its founding spirit of a research group – to build the Information Environment Partnership as a network of scientific researchers, educators, community workers, and international organizations in the Indo-Pacific region. IORG facilitates information sharing and cross-disciplinary collaboration among contributors of this Partnership. Through this Partnership, research and educational capabilities can be strengthened and collective efforts can be amplified so that authoritarian influence can be better deterred and democracies can be better defended.

Open by Default

Research findings, methods, data, and code produced by IORG are open by default. Refer to Open IORG for more information.


Josh Wang

IORG Co-director. President of the Taiwan Pàng-phuānn Association of Education.

Chihhao Yu

IORG Co-director. M. Fine Arts, Digital Media. Software engineering, information design. g0v contributor and co-founder of the g0v International Taskforce.

Shaohong Lin

IORG Data Engineer. M. Political Science. Public opinion polling, research design.

Wei-Yang Chang

IORG Data Engineer. M. Computer Science. Multimedia data analysis, machine learning.

Liang-Yi Hsu

IORG Researcher. M. Political Science. Public opinion polling, quantitative analysis.

Hsueh-Yi Shih

IORG Researcher. M. Political Science. Local politics research.

Kuang-Shun Yang

IORG Researcher. Co-founder of U.S.-Taiwan Watch. Member of the Consultative Committee of the Foundation for Future Generations, Taiwan. Former Non-Resident Research Fellow at the 2049 Project Institute. M. Political Science. U.S.-China relations, Taiwan national security, U.S. politics.

Research Fellow

Hsiaochiang Hsu

IORG Research Fellow. Political science.

Jasmine Lee

IORG Research Fellow. International relations.

Academic Advisor

Ming-Hung Wang

Social media analysis, information security. Assistant Professor of computer science at Feng-Chia University.

Jaw-Nian Huang

China’s authoritarian diffusion, Southeast Asia’s media politics. Assistant Professor of development studies at National Cheng-Chi University. Research team member for China Impact Studies at Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica.

Thung-Hong Lin

Class inequality in Chinese societies, global and local sociology of disaster. Research Fellow at Academia Sinica.

Titus C. Chen

International norms and systems, Chinese foreign policy, human rights and the rule of law. Applying text mining to human rights research in China. Associate Professor of political science at National Sun Yat-Sen University.

Ming-Chun Ku

Cultural politics in contemporary China, sociology of religion. Associate Professor of sociology at National Tsing-Hua University.

Urda Wan-Ling Yen, IORG Research Director 2020-2021.

Baliyoho Cheng, IORG Researcher 2020-2021.

Wesley Chia-Wei Lin, IORG Data Engineer 2020-2021.

Chìnkhun Lîm, IORG Data Engineer 2020-2021.

Wen-Yi Wang, IORG Data Scientist 2020-2021.