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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: Yeah forstering integrity is a good idea, same with more transparency.

    But i wasnt talking about teaching people how to be corrupt. What I was saying is that when you teach people how to prevent corruption and stop corruption, you inadvertently teach them of the shortcomings of that prevention.

    I have a close friend who is a cop. He said to me once something along the lines of, "People get pulled up on the stupidest things. Seriously, they are just clueless, it's really not that hard to kill someone and get away with it." Now I dont think he has killed someone, but he knows many of the shortcomings of the police force in catching and charging criminals, they frustrate him every day.

    The corruption prone are always looking to exploit, to sneak through loop hole, in fact if you look at something like illicit drugs or internet downloading, unpaid parking etc. youll find that most people will try to get around loopholes if they do not agree with rules. That is why I think the integrity fostering is the most powerful, because it provides an internal reward to refuse corruption and simultaneously makes people more willing to be vigilant.

    But yeah transparency thumbs up.

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