Thursday, July 05, 2007

Fighting Corruption in India, "Superpower of Graft"

Corrupt bureaucrats in India who supplement their salaries with bribes, kickbacks and garden-variety pilferage better watch out for J. N. Jayashree, pictured above. She's mad about corruption in India, and she has some powerful weapons: a computer, access to the Internet, and a website "Fight Corruption Now" that exposes corruption, chronicles her husband’s case as a whistle-blower, and criticizes the government.

According to her website, Ms. Jayashree says she wants to "Prevent Corruption, and Expose, Embarrass, and Punish the Corrupt."

It's estimated that Indians pay more than $5 billion in bribes each year, and Ms. Jayashree's website is "a small-scale test of whether India’s technology revolution, which is empowering tens of millions, can tamp the corruption that hinders India’s ambitions," according
to this article in the NY Times.

Just another example that in the Information Age, information is empowering, and we should never underestimate the power of one person and a computer, with access to the Information Superhighway and a website or blog, to change the world.


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