Frequently asked questions
What is the purpose Bribespot.com?
We think that visibility is the enemy of corruption, which is why we came up with Bribespot.com. The aim of Bribespot.com is to visualize petty corruption that happens around us and this way provide an incentive for reforming failed institutions and eliminating corrupt practices.
How can I use Bribespot.com?
Start by exploring what happens around you - both our website and mobile apps allow you to easily visualize latest bribes reported near you and provide additional information about the reason for them. If you ever encounter a corrupt official, don’t hesitate to report the encounter on our platform. We also think that Bribespot.com can become a valuable tool for identifying corruption patterns and hot-spots in your city.
How can I report a bribe?
First, choose location where you were asked for a bribe. Try to be as accurate as possible, since aggregate reports according to their geographical coordinates. Next choose appropriate Government area and amount requested. Finally, take a moment to explain the situation and why an official has asked you for a bribe. It’s OK to mention the institution you’ve been dealing with, but we strongly advise you to refrain from mentioning any personal names.
How do you verify the reports?
We don’t. Instead, we rely on statistical methods and common sense to identify locations and reports that merit attention.First of all, we limit the number of reports any given user can submit in a period of time thus making it more difficult to game the system. Secondly, we believe that trustworthiness of information is directly related to the number of reports different people submitted in a given location - the more results, the more likely one is to find corrupt oficials at that location. We also analyze reporting patterns and details to identify any outliers or suspicious reports and filter them out from the website.
What do icons of different colors mean?
To make it easier distinguish among different areas of Government, we decided to use colorful icons for categorizing reports. For example, red cross signifies health care and means that the bribe was requested in a health care institution - be it medical clinic, hospital, pharmacy or other related institution.Although corruption is usually associated with civil servants and Government officials, the practice has shown that employees of private companies also engage in bribing each other - think of a businessman paying media outlet for favorable coverage - which is why we included private sector among all other categories.
Will my report remain anonymous?
Absolutely. As a matter of policy, we do not ask users to provide any identifiable information when submitting a bribe and we go an extra mile to reduce the possibility of Bribespot.com user being identified by impersonal data, such as website cookies, reporting history or mobile device identificator, by encrypting user data on our servers.
Why did my report get removed?
We actively monitor all reports submitted to the website and take down any reports violating our guidelines. These include reports with personal names and other personal data (think addresses and phone numbers), reports promoting external news stories, websites, or projects, vague reports, reports about cases of grand corruption. The reason we do this is to ensure consistency of the reports and allow for meaningful comparisons among the countries, cities and bribe categories.
Why do you edit personal details out of reports?
The purpose of Bribespot.com is to visualize petty corruption, not to pursue individual cases or pass a judgment on specific individuals. For this reason, we are much more interested in understanding how corrupt officials are extracting bribes and in what ways we could counteract them. Personal details add little value in this case, while opening up a venue for potential lawsuits. For this reason, we made the decision to omit any personal details from our reports.
Can I use Bribespot app on my phone?
We'd love you to do that. To date, we have released Android version of Bribespot app. Bribespot app for iPhone, Blackberry and Windows phones are next in our sights (pst! if you know any good mobile developers, send them our way). Unfortunately, we cannot provide a version of the app for features phones, because it would be impossible to ensure fully the anonymity of users on these mobile devices.
Why there are no bribe reports in my country?
Bribespot.com relies on efforts of ordinary users to collect information about requested bribes. Users can report bribes using a mobile app or our website. If there are no bribes reported in your country, you either live in country free of petty corruption or there are no active users in your area yet. If you would like to cooperate with Bribespot.com in spreading the word about the service in your country, shoot us an email.
What is petty corruption?
Here is official definition: “Small scale, bureaucratic or petty corruption is the everyday corruption that takes place at the implementation end of politics, where the public officials meet the public. Petty corruption is bribery in connection with the implementation of existing laws, rules and regulations, and thus different from "grand" or political corruption. Petty corruption refers to the modest sums of money usually involved, and has also been called "low level" and "street level" to name the kind of corruption that people can experience more or less daily, in their encounter with public administration and services like hospitals, schools, local licensing authorities, police, taxing authorities and so on.” Read more on Anti-Corruption Resource Center website.
Who is behind Bribespot.com?
Bribespot.com was started by a group of technology enthusiast during Garage48 event in Tallinn, Estonia, back in April 2011. To date, there is half a dozen people working on the website by volunteering their time and skills and to keep it going. Bribespot.com is incorporated as a non-profit organization.
How are you funded?
Bribespot.com is a non-profit project, we have developed by contributing our own, time, skills, and money. The project received no external funding to date. If you would like to contribute to the project, use PayPal Donate button or get in touch with us.
I like the idea, how can I help?
We are glad to hear that. Bribespot.com is always looking for local volunteers who are interested in spreading the word about the project, initiating contact with local NGOs and institutions, moderating country-specific reports, localizing the website, and using aggregated data to conduct in-depth research. We are also open to suggestions of technical cooperation, write us an email if you have an idea of how Bribespot.com could be improved further.
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Bribespot is an app that allows you to see how much
corruption is going on around. Using your smartphone
(or a website) you can report locations where bribes
are requested/paid, indicate the size of a bribe and
area of government affected by: