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A crowdsourced corruption reporting social media for transparency

Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain Sep 08, 2020

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[3]Roberto Martinez B. Kukutschka, Transparency International, Technology against corruption: the potential of online corruption reporting apps and other platforms, 28 November 2016

[4]Zinnbauer, D. 2015. ‘Crowdsourced Corruption Reporting: What Petrified Forests, Street Music, Bath Towels, and the Taxman Can Tell Us about the Prospects for Its Future’, Policy & Internet, 7(1), 1-24.

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Anja M
Anja M6 months ago
Sounds beautifully. :) However, I am afraid that in the countries where it is needed the most it would be probably be used the least. Why is that so? High and versatile corruption usually finds its exponential growth in the countries with higher systematic oppression. This in turn means the society is usually consisted in individuals "minding their own business" and taught to be afraid of such actions, no matter how much their anonymity may be guaranteed. Also, we know how countries have their own methods of finding out who is behind such platforms. So, it would be the best to grant international support, as you mentioned, but with a team of legal experts, national and international, to back up that plan. On the longer run, it is important that the platform is sustained by the local activists, who then on one side fight for local causes, and on the other form a network with the activists around the world. Usually, they are also the ones who speak publicly about such issues, motivating people and promoting values of equality, solidarity, fairness, etc. So, while there probably will be a substantial number of those feeling free to post their opinions and experience with corruption on daily basis online, it is as crucial to support public speaking on such topics, continually working on the education of public, therefore also representing a contra-measure to the ~oligarchic ruling structures. This is very important because people in such societies usually don't believe change is possible, and that is because: 1) Online activities of such kind got people used they eventually turn out to be "passive freedom fighting; 2) People are usually afraid that "the big brother is somehow watching" their steps; 3) They heard there are prosperous and societies with incomparably less corruption, but... They don't really know how to achieve such a bliss in their own country. And we all know how complex this issue is, entailing many factors. But we also know, despite the background politics, that there are quite a few grains of truth in that Orwell quote: “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims... but accomplices”. So, these reasons briefly sum the need for both a platform and accompanied education for wider population. Now... Developing the "how" of this logistically is another step.
Jamila 6 months ago
This is such a great idea, I haven’t heard of anything like it before! Being able to report something anonymously would be amazing because the reporter’s safety is paramount. Sometimes it can be risky for the person to report corruption and that’s why some people don’t do it even if they have seen something. A platform like this would definitely improve transparency in the community. On the other hand, I would be interested in how this platform would verify the claims made by someone because there could be a scenario where someone has been paid to report negative and untrue information about someone else. Perhaps reporting on the platform could be done with hard evidence and then the “evidence” could be reviewed by a review panel (the trusted team members of the platform). It’s really important that the claims made on the platform have been proven because it could potentially change someone’s life and have big consequences.
Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain6 months ago
Indeed, the whole thing would be counterproductive if the verity of the claims could not be maintained and constantly monitored. For the same, I propose the use of blockchain technology where all the transactions (in this case the reporting) would have to pass through a peer-reviewed process.
Juran6 months ago
I love the topic you started! Corruption really is an important problem we need to battle somehow, but it´s devastatingly complex and strong. If somebody anonymously reports bribery, the first thing would be to verify the information and possible proofs. Here you need an objective and trustful tool for detection of veracity. Anybody could just misuse the platform to get rid of the competition or to take revenge. So, if the information is valid and true, only then you have solid ground for further legal actions. I think that is the biggest challenge here. The second one would be (if you grow big and effective) to keep the anti-corruption platform free of corruption.
Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain6 months ago
True. Talking about maintaining the truthfulness and curbing down the possible biased reporting, could blockchain technology be useful in this case?