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Use of technology in transparency to combat coruption

The same goes for the fight against corruption: Transparency International and its chapters are promoting people power in the digital age by hosting and developing various web- and mobile-based accountability initiatives. Transparency International Legal Advice Centres Offering free legal advice to victims and witnesses of corruption since 2003, our anti-corruption legal advice centres are now working in more than 50 countries around the world.

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Find your closest legal advice centre here. To make sure that authorities react to the issue and get it fixed, other users can track changes and repairs by posting comments and photos. Posters can be printed out and put up next to the problem site featuring a QR code which redirects to the online portal.

Once a problem has been taken care of a green marker appears on the map of reported problems. Battling Baksheesh in Morocco Having the feeling that corruption is everywhere but nobody speaks up about it, our chapter in Morocco created a website in February 2012 where citizens can report corruption anonymously.

Using Technology to Enhance Government Transparency and Counter Corruption

On the website, the visitor is presented with policy issues as diverse as education reform, nuclear power or gay marriage, and can choose to be for, against or without an opinion on it. When the test is completed the user gets shown the representation of votes of parties in parliament and can find out which parliamentarian supports their issues. If unsure on a position there are documents outlining pro and con arguments for each policy issue.

Keeping tabs on corruption trials in Indonesia Korupedia. Each entry contains the name of the corruptor, how much money they embezzled and the final verdict of the trial.

  • Similarly, as a result of its collaborative and participatory nature, social media democratizes governments by enabling real-time information sharing;
  • In 2007, Australian media — much of which was controlled by Rupert Murdoch — distorted poll results in favor of the Conservative Party Prime Minister candidate;
  • Each entry contains the name of the corruptor, how much money they embezzled and the final verdict of the trial;
  • Read about some of the projects here and get in touch if you are interested in becoming involved;
  • As part of this work we have spent time over the last 3 years listening to, learning from and supporting several groups working to increase transparency and accountability and fight corruption in their communities around the world.

The site also lists those cases which have been stalled to give users an insight on the progress of cases and to form a basis for advocacy. The main purpose of the site is to create a national memory of corruptors to avoid them getting back to positions of power unscathed. No one disagrees with the importance of law enforcement to diminish corrupt practices.

Yet, sometimes social sanctions are much more effective.

  • This involves sharing technology and innovation through tools such as big data, advanced networks and data-related infrastructure to improve efficiency, address capacity problems, identify critical gaps, increase collaboration, and create an incentive to innovate for the common good;
  • In developing countries this technology is being used to empower citizens in remote areas, making information more accessible and there is no reason why the success of this technology could not be used in the fight against corruption;
  • This example helps to illustrate the fact that a given ICT could be used to push forward very different agendas when adopted by different parties,;
  • Mobile phones are also being used in Integrity INT investigations of fraud and corruption in World Bank financed projects and the hotline is said to receive 26,000 hits a year;
  • As identified by the United Nations , more accessible and better quality data will lead to improved policy decisions and greater accountability and several of their recent reports outline how the data revolution will be incorporated into sustainable development commitments;
  • The website is available in both the Macedonian and Albanian languages.

Saenong, Manager of Transparency International Indonesia, in a blog post on the initiative. The website also serves mobile phone users by enabling the reporting of corruption cases via SMS, phone call and through an iPhone and Android app.

All reports are verified by the chapter before they are put online. By offering smartphone access and the possibility to report corruption via Twitter using the hashtag korupcijaMK, the Macedonian chapter is hoping to reach the younger population of the country.

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The website is available in both the Macedonian and Albanian languages. Citizens who call the hotline number are prompted to choose the regional office they wish to contact. The SMS platform is also used for mobilising people and for sending out advocacy messages. Global hackathon In 2012, Transparency International and Random Hacks of Kindness RHoK organised a series of Hackathons around the world to bring together anti-corruption and technology experts for creating innovative ICT solutions to corruption problems.

Using technology effectively to fight corruption

Transparency International is now supporting its chapters to put their ideas on mobilising people through web- and mobile-based technologies into practice. Read about some of the projects here and get in touch if you are interested in becoming involved.

See pictures of the Speak Up Global event Read a blog post on anti-corruption mapping using Ushahidi Learn how you can support our chapters to use technology against corruption For any press enquiries please contact press transparency.