Feb 17, 2012

OurSay: how India’s technology is cutting into corruption

In the world’s largest democracy, corruption has long been part of the system of governance, writes Gautam Raju, co-founder and creative director, OurSay Australia.

In the world’s largest democracy, corruption has long been part of the system of governance. However, transformative new technologies are playing an exciting and powerful role in citizen engagement, good governance and in the mobilisation of the masses for social action.

Since the beginnings of the Indian independence movement, technology has been a central element to citizen engagement. According to Nishant Shah, from the Centre of Internet and Society, print and cinema reflected the views of citizens and informed them of the visions and changes that the country was going through. Today, India has one of the largest young and connected populations in the world.

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3 thoughts on “OurSay: how India’s technology is cutting into corruption

  1. LJG..............

    All I can say is that this is great news and shows us what the Internet and technology can be used for. Congratulations to all involved.

  2. Flower

    Well done, citizens of India and it’s time too that the assassinations of whistleblowers and environmentalists in India ceased.

  3. Ralphie

    India dreams of a technological ‘magic bullet’ which would end corruption, but perhaps the cruellest irony is that the one of the tools championed by the author of this article – mobile phone technology – was itself the subject of one of the worst acts of corruption in India. The sale of 2G licences in 2008 (which have just been annulled by a court) reportedly cost the country up to $20 billion. Owch.

    If only the anti-corruption movement in India could live up to its potential. Corruption is deeply rooted in a system of patronage which means that everyone in India wants a less-corrupt society – unless it’s you or your family who are on the take.

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