M4AC at M4D2010

Second day of M4D2010 , the Swedish ICT4D NGO SPIDER organised a workshop on the theme “Increasing Transparency and Fighting Corruption through ICT”. The workshop was exploring the potentials of mobile technology in increasing transparency, as well as curbing corruption (M4AC). During the workshop, the latest issue of the SPIDER publication in the ICT4D series was officially launched.

Bo Göransson, Chair of SPIDER gave an introduction. Others speakers were John Mary (Democracy Monitoring Group, DEMGroup, Uganda), Muguzi Henry (Transparency International, Uganda Chapter) and I did another walking around in the hall interactive presentation “Mobile technology as a means to fight corruption in East Africa”.

Got some great feedback from the audience which I hope I can use in another article on the topic. Some of the tweets (#m4d2010) that the presentation generated are here:

Really pumped for this one. RT @ugali Day2 of #m4d2010 starts with a workshop “Increasing Transparency… Great to hear!!

#m4d2010 Uganda will be actively using mobiles to assist in ensuring the upcoming elections are fair, open and transparent.

#m4d2010 “corruption” is part of culture in Uganda. Are there good practices of corruption or could it be seen as source of creativity?

Day 2 at #m4d2010 tackles ICTs in “the fight against corruption”. Like the term “quiet corruption” (non-delivery of services).

#M4d2010 in my opinion, mobile projects that fight corruption will have larger, immediate impact in countries w/ more “quiet corruption”

#m4d2010– can the #mobile #phone be used to fight corruption in #Uganda?

Uchaguzi Tanzania http://bit.ly/dfjCj3 and uchaguzi Kenya http://www.uchaguzi.co.ke #m4d2010

#m4d2010– a reporting system with #mobile #phoneswhere doctors that violate human rights are tracked

#m4d2010 mobile application by http://www.kfighters.com/ empower citizens fighting kleptocratic government officials using mobile and web

#m4d2010 As Johan slide is saying – anonymity is key I believe – whistle blowing without been afraid of repercussion et cetera.

#m4d2010 agreed. Anonymity must be guaranteed for crowd sourced, anti-corruption projects to be embraced and succeed.

Projects alrdy in e. africa: attendance monitoring at schools, donor budget tracking, & monitoring elections, fraud, & malpractice #m4d2010

“The presence of a decentralised information & communication network produces demand for better public services” – Johan Hellstrom #m4d2010

“The very fact that we have communications tools increases public demand for better public services” – Johan Hellstrom. #m4d2010

#m4d2010 – can mobile phones/ are mobile phones used for surveilling citizens?

#m4d2010– IT can be used for much more to fight#corruption

#m4d2010 mobile application by http://www.kfighters.com/ empower citizens fighting kleptocratic government officials using mobile and web

#m4d2010 @Johan: that was a good presentation! other challenges are: Acceptence and education (we nologer know what corrupting is)

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