That "Cool Internetty Silicon Valley shit" along with the promise of Marriage Equality is basically what got the current president in Office, so much so that they've already secured the majority of funding for the whole Asian Silicon Valley plan they've somehow managed to draw up in record time leaving behind other equally, if not more important issues. Whenever it's related to money, it's never a issue that gets put on the back burner.
In regards to Uber's latest developments though. The promo they ran changed my stance on Uber as a company as a whole. They obviously had no concern for drivers at that point or if, after taking a selfie for $$$ government would choose to identify the drivers in the uploaded pictures and pursue any kind of legal action against them or not. It also pissed me off that they chose to hold their Standbyu campaign on the same day as people were demonstration outside the Yuan as they reviewed the same sex bills. Like sure, let's draw people away from a more important issue by having a big extravagant event. That was extremely irritating to me.
Bottom line, yes Uber needs to pay their damn taxes like any other company in whatever country they do business, not specifically just with Taiwan. I would like to see where that money is going to be put back in the economy tho because it should be a fairly large amount. But in regards to the outdated laws, change them. Taiwan needs to do more then just talk. Once Uber either pays the taxes or gets the hell out of the country the issues still remain in regards to ridesharing services, and how Taiwan is going to create this Silicon Valley that there are huge amounts of money going into.
I understand things take time, and perhaps Yingwen has some good plans but creating this Silicon Valley is going to require actual innovation and acceptance of innovation, and changes of laws.