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A Corruption Observatory

I want to share this idea for some feedback. I’m working on the design of a corruption observatory. I’m not a corruption expert (though I work with some). To make it short, you feed information to develop a conversation which will turn into education. This will then raise the level of integrity of the people. I argue that by educating people about what corruption is, what integrity is, and about the processes and structure of the system you can fight corruption. I want to encourage Open Data (which has been a pain in the ass) as a tool to fight corruption. I believe you have to visualize the system. Everything has to be transparent. Here enters the concept of the panopticon, and a bit of crowdsourcing the search for the corrupt.

By talking about integrity I want to change the mood of the conversation from pursuing the corrupt to encouraging Integrity. When our conversation is about corruption our problem is corruption. By changing the conversation towards integrity we start talking about the solution instead of the problem. I want the conversation to be sort of the one we are having right now. Plus a wiki, and some conversation periodical meetings.

The education part is the one that I’m having more trouble with. Right now I see it as a product of the conversations about the information. I need to work on this more.

This is more or less the idea, I’m happy to converse about it and answer any points that are not clear or expand about my thoughts about it. I’m interested in practical stuff. I have been bombarded about the theory of corruption enough already.


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  • Apr 2 2012: I think ethics would be a useful edition to compulsory schooling, but i dont know about teaching out corruption. I have to say that is a weak spot. Teaching people about corruptiion may in fact end up teaching those corruptioon prone individuals how to get away with it, since they have a better understanding about corruption and how it is detected and prevented, offsetting the gains you have made.

    I like the cultural change you advocate though. Promoting integrity rather than focusing on condemning corruption. I think this is a powerful tool that will help people feel more willing to report suspicions and more willing to resist the temptations of corruptions, without giving powerful tools to those pronne to corruption.

    I dont quite get the crowdsourcing bit, but i like the idea of transparency. More of that is nice
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      Apr 2 2012: The idea is to teach about being integrate. I understand your point about teaching corruption. I agree that you can't teach how to be corrupt. Or you should not encourage them take advantage of the flaws in the system.
      Still you have to let people know what is good and what is bad. I'm not worried that teaching about corruption would give the 'corruption prone' tools to behave wrong. The good guys will also know how this people are doing wrong and develop the remedy. It is an arms race. The nice thing about openness and transparency is that we have a diversity of individuals involved. I'm one of those who think that good will prevail.

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