Daniel Halliday
Jul 24 · Last update 3 mo. ago.
What can be done about government corruption?
It is a problem that affects most countries in the world to varying degrees, what can be done about corruption?
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Technology is inevitably slowly tackling corruption
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Harsher sanctions won’t help, merit based or financial incentives
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Tougher sanctions need to be applied to perpetrators both internationally and nationally
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Technology is inevitably slowly tackling corruption

Corruption exists in various forms and to various degrees in every country in the world. The internet is increasingly enabling citizens to first shed light on corruption, to which harsher policies and punishments now need to be put into place to deal with it accordingly. Greater transparency will beat corruption and internet technology is doing exactly that, one method to increase the transparency in society.

Websites such as ipaidabribe.com, created by Indian entrepreneur Shaffi Mather, is a web based platform were people can report instances of bribery. This solution's bottom up approach is an important tool that sheds light on corruption problems, and gives users the option to share reports on social media to spend the message further. This service would also allow those in power to have case by case guideline of how and where to stop low level corruption.

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Websites such as http://ipaidabribe.com/, created by Indian entrepreneur Shaffi Mather, is a web based platform were people can report instances of bribery. This solution's bottom up approach is an important tool that sheds light on corruption problems, and gives users the option to share reports on social media to spend the message further. This service would also allow those in power to have case by case guideline of how and where to stop low level corruption.
Harsher sanctions won’t help, merit based or financial incentives

Sanctions address corruption like a bandaid addresses a gun shot, they are too little too late. As corrupt activities are sanctioned the corrupt activity will be contorted or hidden to avoid sanctions, as history has demonstrated time and time again. Merit based incentives for conducting yourself in the right manner, coupled with vigilance, would be a much more effective model.

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Tougher sanctions need to be applied to perpetrators both internationally and nationally

Due to the interconnected nature of corrupt organisations, and the allowances they create for widespread low level corruption further down the misconduct hierarchy, the only way to tackle corruption is as a whole. With that in mind sanctions need to be applied across the board, internationally and at all levels. None corrupt organisations need to take the lead on this and whistleblowers need to be accommodated, and tougher sanctions imposed wherever corruption may appear.

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