Technology for transparency – Y2Y SUMMIT 2016
The media and technology play a vital role in uncovering corruption. It plays a key role first in monitoring and investigating corrupt politicians and the actions of private companies, and then relays this information to the public, informing those who are often most affected by the corruption.
Investigative journalism in particular is important, as it often uncovers facts that could not have been discovered by any other means. Linked to this, the rise in new media outlets, such as blogs and 24-hour news, means that there is a wealth of information. This heightened level of scrutiny that corrupt officials or actors are placed under can directly lead to corruption being uncovered, and may indeed play its own role in the reduction of corruption levels overall, as the corrupt realise that they are more at risk of discovery.
New and innovative technologies can also help in the fight against corruption. Hackers can use their computer skills to get access to the files of the corrupt and share them with the world. At the same time, new technologies can be introduced which make getting away with corruption much harder; for example electronic vote counting machines or electronic public procurement platforms. These innovative uses of technology still require the people operating them to act with integrity, but also offer many more ways in which to uncover and prevent corruption.
The project has been implemented within the Citizens for Democracy programme, financed by EOG Funds.