2012 - The internet and corruption

In search of transparency: From “using” to “shaping” technology

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Cardiff University and The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto

In an age in which power equals “the possession, assimilation and retailing of information as a basic commodity of daily life,”1 transparenc

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Using technology for collaborative transparency: Risks and opportunities

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Association for Progressive Communications

Introduction

By undermining public trust and eroding societal infrastructure, corruption contributes to and is broadly indicative of widening power inequalities in many countries. The often insidious nature of corruption makes it difficult to address, and often requires substantial changes to regulation and public oversight. Transparency is an important tool in combating corruption, exposing weaknesses in governance structures and encouraging participation in governance.

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Credits

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Global Information Society Watch 2012

Steering committee

  • Anriette Esterhuysen (APC)
  • Loe Schout (Hivos)

Coordinating committee

  • Karen Banks (APC)
  • Monique Doppert (Hivos)
  • Valeria Betancourt (APC)

Project coordinator

  • Valeria Betancourt

Editor

  • Alan Finlay

Assistant editor

  • Lori Nordstrom

Publication production

  • Mallory Knodel

Proofreading

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Governments using ICTs for integrity and accountability: Some thoughts on an emergent research and advocacy agenda

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Transparency International

False dawn, window dressing or taking integrity to the next level?

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Preface

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APC & Hivos

The theme for this year’s GISWatch – “transparency and accountability with a focus on corruption” – is for some a difficult one. At least two country report authors withdrew from participating in this year’s publication because of the consequences they could face locally from singling out specific acts of corruption in their countries. This is telling. It suggests that to consider ICTs and corruption directly is to put the spotlight more narrowly on what governments or businesses or state authorities are actually doing – and this can, as some authors contend, be risky.

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