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Vent on anti-bribe website lands customs babu in net
Oct 31 2012
A Bangalorean returning from the US with a kayak worth Rs 60,000 was prepared to pay the required customs duty. But a customs officer demanded a bribe of Rs 8,000, threatening to confiscate the boat. The passenger posted this dismal experience on I Paid a Bribe, following which the corrupt official has been suspended. Bangalore Customs Joint Commissioner (Airport) T V Ravi, told Bangalore Mirror that made a front page story on the incident, “Complaints posted on www.ipaidabribe.com are taken seriously.”
Naujoje svetainėje Lietuvos gyventojai kviečiami pranešti apie korupcijos atvejus
Oct 22 2012
Similar initiatives exist in other countries. For example, acting in India www.ipaidabribe.com page (called "I paid a bribe") has received 21,000 reports of possible violations and led to reforms in the Indian public sector. "Colleagues from foreign experience shows that people are willing to use these pages and report potential abuses and lack of transparency. I would love to skaidrumolinija.lt site becomes a place where people openly and responsibly report problems and irregularities, of which perhaps we would not have learned otherwise. I hope that the index will be a useful tool for law enforcement and state and municipal representatives, seeking to understand what to look out for and what to improve their operations, "says TI Sergey Muravyev.
Bono: 'it's social movements that change things, not personalities'
Oct 22 2012
Further examples thrown up by Bono include websites like ipaidabribe.com, which documents instances where people were forced to pay a bribe to get something done. It's a way to expose and shame corruption, which to Bono is "the biggest disease of them all." Corruption, he argues, "kills more kids than tuberculosis, malaria and all the other diseases," and what his organization and others are doing is "working on transparency as a sort of vaccine" against it.
All those something smalls, however, add up to something large, according to Anthony Ragui, a Kenyan anti-corruption campaigner whose website, ipaidabribe.or.ke, tracks self-reported bribes in Kenya. Since going online in December, the site has reported respondents shelling out more than half a million dollars, mainly to police and other government officials.
I Paid a Bribe is a recently launched online tool that strives to change the perception of corruption and move citizens from apathy to action. Its goal is to “uncover the market price of corruption” by encouraging victims to report on incidences when they have been forced to pay a bribe, when they have resisted a demand for a bribe, or when they didn’t have to pay a bribe because of honest officers on duty or improvements in law or procedures. The format for reporting is compartmentalized in a manner that allows both the viewers and the host organization of the website to observe the nature, pattern, types and distribution of bribes across cities and government departments in India.
Have you paid a bribe? Well, then, tell the world.
Oct 15 2012
The Bangalore-based citizens’ group Janaagraha has set up an interactive website called “I paid a bribe” to uncover the market price of corruption. The anonymous citywise chronicle of those who paid a bribe, didn’t pay a bribe, or didn’t have to pay a bribe is curated by retired IAS officer, T.R. Raghunandan. And so far, over 10,000 internet-savvy people in 405 cities have confessed to having paid bribes totalling Rs 49.88 crore.
Ipaidabribe.com crowd sources citizen experiences of corruption while dealing with various government departments. These reports then are analysed to make policy recommendations to the Indian government to reduce the scope of corruption in their processes.
I paid a bribe is a smart site. It tackles bribing by government officials in India in an engaging and effective way. Citizens can go to the site and write when and where they were asked for a bribe from a civil servant. The site then catalogues their complaints and site creators work with government officials to tackle the problem armed with tons of data.