I was alerted to this great webpage in India today from a group aiming to crowd source anti-corruption measures.
The group describes itself as follows:
“IpaidABribe.com is Janaagraha’s unique initiative to tackle corruption by harnessing the collective energy of citizens. You can report on the nature, number, pattern, types, location, frequency and values of actual corrupt acts on this website. Your reports will, perhaps for the first time, provide a snapshot of bribes occurring across your city. We will use them to argue for improving governance systems and procedures, tightening law enforcement and regulation and thereby reduce the scope for corruption in obtaining services from the government.”
In applying the methodologies of the Global Reporting Initiative I often find that indicators regarding corruption receive little attention. It is generally perceived that these issues are minor and/or insignificant in Australia. Yet the info graphic shows how broad the problem is globally.
Source: The Economist
The concept of crowd sourcing will provide valuable data and hopefully in turn result in targeted action to combat the issue.
I also note Shaffi Mather‘s TED talk about using IT to fight corruption.